Our History

Here is a brief run through the history of Albion Stone, from their formation and purchase in the late 1920’s through to the technological progressions of the 21st century.

  • 1927

    Albion Stone Works incorporated. The Company was based in South West London, with a workshop for working mainly Portland Stone for London projects.
  • 1955

    The Company was purchased by Harold Poultney, the Grandfather of the current Managing Director.
  • 1979

    The Company secured the lease for its first Portland Stone quarry, Bowers Quarry, from the Crown Estate.
  • 1982

    The Company secured the leases for the remaining Portland Stone quarries owned by the Crown Estate.
  • 1989

    The current Factory site at Easton Lane was purchased and manufacturing was relocated from South West London to Portland.
  • 1996

    Albion Stone introduced wire saw technology into the Portland Stone industry, thereby revolutionising the extraction processes.
  • 1998

    Planning permission was secured for the first Portland Stone trial mine at Bowers Quarry.
  • 1999

    Royal visit to Albion Stone's Quarries and Factory.Â
  • 2001

    Planning permission was secured for the Stonehills Portland Stone mine - a massive new reserve on the Island.
  • 2002

    The Bowers Mine trials began.
  • 2005

    The trials at the Bowers Mine were successfully completed and a new mining planning permission was prepared for Jordan's Quarry.
  • 2006

    High Wall extraction in Bowers Quarry commenced and the Portland Inmosthay group of Quarries were purchased.
  • 2007

    Mining Permission for Jordans mine was secured, thereby allowing the Portland Cricket Club to continue to use the Red Triangle Cricket Pitch whilst the stone underneath is extracted.
  • 2008

    Mining started at Jordans.
  • 2011

    In a joint project with The Crown Estate, we installed 800 solar panels. The panels were expected to generate more than 150,000 kWh of electricity per year - the equivalent to the annual consumption of 50 houses - and will reduce our carbon footprint by 80 tonnes per year.
  • 2011

    Albion Stone gain certification for operating a Quality Management System which complied with the requirements of ISO 9001:2008 for the extraction, processing and supply of Portland dimensional stone.
  • 2013

    Albion Stone gain certification for operating an Environmental Management System which is compliant with ISO 14001:2004 for the extraction, processing and supply of Portland dimensional stone.
  • 2014

    Albion Stone receive 'Very Good' rating for Responsible Sourcing standard BES 6001.
  • 2015

    Portland Stone is introduced to the Australian market.