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             A BRIEF HISTORY

             Artificial stone, or cast stone as it is most commonly called today, has
             a long and illustrious history that intertwines with the great boom in
             classically inspired country house building from the eighteenth century
             onwards.  There have been more imitations of stone than of any
             other natural building material.  This persistent emulation has most
             consistently been for reasons of economy, availability and fashion,
             particularly in applications where quarried stone is difficult, time
             consuming and forbiddingly expensive to employ.  In the eighteenth
             and nineteenth centuries, designs created by leading manufacturers
             such as Coade, Blashfield, Austin & Seeley, Doulton and Pulham were
             used at prestigious country house locations such as Belton, Burghley,
             Croome, Ickworth, Kedleston and Stowe whilst artificial stone today is
             still being manufactured by Haddonstone to enhance country houses
             across the nation, from Mount Edgcumbe in Cornwall to Aske Hall in                                                   Photograph by David Newell-Smith
             North Yorkshire.

             A growing appreciation of the past and the resultant need to conserve
             historic landscapes and gardens, as well as a desire from the public   An early public relations photograph of Bob Barrow, Haddonstone’s founder.
             to create their own accurate representations of gardens from the past,   extensive stockyard and loading area. The premises were extended in
             led to the re-emergence of artificial stone manufacture during the latter   1988, 1991, 2000 and 2002 to provide some of the most advanced
             years of the twentieth century.                            cast stonework mould making facilities in the UK together with a
                                                                        laboratory, vapour curing chamber and both TecStone and TecLite
             Haddonstone was established by Robert ‘Bob’ Barrow (1932-1996)   production facilities. The manufactory is located just six miles from the
             in 1971 to produce high quality decorative cast stonework. The   Haddonstone Group headquarters and show gardens at East Haddon.
             company had a range of just seven designs to offer during the first
             year of business, six of which continue to be best sellers today:  the   Haddonstone (USA) Ltd was formed as a subsidiary of Haddonstone
             Plaited Basket, Elizabethan Jardiniere, French Urn, Regency Urn,   Ltd in 1990, operating from a 1,100 sq m (12,000 sq ft) warehouse
             Scaled Jardiniere and Straight 51” Seat.  The company exhibited for   with yard and offices in New Jersey. During 1996 a 2.5 hectare
             the first time at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show the following   (6 ⁄4 acre) site was acquired in Pueblo, Colorado on which a
             year.  Haddonstone’s collection has subsequently grown to over   manufactory was constructed. This incorporated a purpose built
             one thousand standard designs, with the company gaining an ever   mould shop, production facilities for both Haddonstone and TecStone,
             increasing reputation for its expertise in the manufacture of custom   a large stock-yard and loading docks. In 2000 a purpose built vapour
             made architectural stonework. Today, Haddonstone is recognised   curing chamber was added to the production unit and the size of
             as an international market leader with group companies in the United   the stockyard was doubled. In 2003 the Colorado facility in the USA
             Kingdom and the United States of America.                  underwent a major expansion
                                                                        with the creation of additional
             The Haddonstone collection comprises the standard range of designs   offices, a new mould shop
             and is the most comprehensive of its kind produced anywhere.  Every   and an expanded TecStone
             single item is the work of highly skilled craftsmen. Pieces from the   production area.
             range have been chosen for the construction and renovation of some
             of the world’s most famous buildings, including palaces, stately homes,   For further information on the
             National Trust properties, international hotels, state buildings and   history of artificial stone from
             gardens, as well as private houses and gardens of every description.  the eighteenth century to the
                                                                        present, copies of Simon Scott’s
             The demand for landscaping and architectural elements has led to   acclaimed book ‘Artificial Stone:
             Haddonstone’s continuing expansion. From modest beginnings in   a successful substitute for
             1971, by 1987 the company had moved its manufactory to a purpose   natural stone?’ are available from
             built complex at Brixworth in Northamptonshire, UK. The two hectare   Haddonstone offices in both the
             (five acre) site incorporates Haddonstone’s 5,000 sq m (54,000 sq ft)   UK and US or can be ordered at
             manufactory, studio and mould shop complex together with an

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