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.
1927Albion Stone Works incorporated. The Company was based in South West London, with a workshop for working mainly Portland Stone for London projects.
1955The Company was purchased by Harold Poultney, the Grandfather of the current Managing Director.
1979The Company secured the lease for its first Portland Stone quarry, Bowers Quarry, from the Crown Estate.
1982The Company secured the leases for the remaining Portland Stone quarries owned by the Crown Estate.
1989The current Factory site at Easton Lane was purchased and manufacturing was relocated from South West London to Portland.
1996Albion Stone introduced wire saw technology into the Portland Stone industry, thereby revolutionising the extraction processes.
1998Planning permission was secured for the first Portland Stone trial mine at Bowers Quarry.
1999Royal visit to Albion Stone's Quarries and Factory.Â
2001Planning permission was secured for the Stonehills Portland Stone mine - a massive new reserve on the Island.
2002The Bowers Mine trials began.
2005The trials at the Bowers Mine were successfully completed and a new mining planning permission was prepared for Jordan's Quarry.
2006High Wall extraction in Bowers Quarry commenced and the Portland Inmosthay group of Quarries were purchased.
2007Mining 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.
2008Mining started at Jordans.
2011In 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.
2011Albion 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.
2013Albion 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.
2014Albion Stone receive 'Very Good' rating for Responsible Sourcing standard BES 6001.
2015Portland Stone is introduced to the Australian market.