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                  A BRIEF COMPANY 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,                                                Photograph by David Newell-Smith
                  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   An early public relations photograph of Bob Barrow, Haddonstone’s founder.
                  North Yorkshire.
                                                                              an extensive stockyard and loading area.  The premises have
                  A growing appreciation of the past and the resultant need to conserve   been regularly extended to provide some of the most advanced
                  historic landscapes and gardens, as well as a desire from the public   cast stonework mould making facilities in the UK together with a
                  to create their own accurate representations of gardens from the past,   laboratory, vapour curing chamber and both TecStone and TecLite
                  led to the re-emergence of artificial stone manufacture during the latter   production facilities. The manufactory is located just six miles from the
                  years of the twentieth century.                             Haddonstone Group headquarters and show gardens at East Haddon.

                  Haddonstone was established by Robert ‘Bob’ Barrow (1932-1996)   Haddonstone (USA) Ltd was formed as a subsidiary of Haddonstone
                  in 1971 to produce high quality decorative cast stonework. The   Ltd in 1990, initially operating from New Jersey. During 1996 a 2.5
                  company had a range of just seven designs to o er during the first   hectare (6 ⁄4 acre) site was acquired in Pueblo, Colorado on which a
                  year of business, six of which continue to be best sellers today:  the   manufactory was constructed.  This incorporated a purpose built mould
                  Plaited Basket, Elizabethan Jardiniere, French Urn, Regency Urn,   shop as well as production facilities for Haddonstone, TecStone and
                  Scaled Jardiniere and Straight 51” Seat.  The company exhibited for   TecLite, a large stock-yard and loading docks.  In 2000 a purpose built
                  the first time at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show the following   vapour curing chamber was added to the production unit and the size
                  year.  Haddonstone’s collection has subsequently grown to over   of the stockyard was doubled.  To meet increasing demand, in 2003
                  one thousand standard designs, with the company gaining an ever   the Colorado facility in the USA underwent a major expansion with
                  increasing reputation for its expertise in the manufacture of custom   the creation of additional offices, a new mould shop and an expanded
                  made architectural stonework. Today, Haddonstone is recognised   TecStone production area.
                  as an international market leader with group companies in the United
                  Kingdom and the United States of America.                   For further information on the
                                                                              history of artificial stone from
                  The Haddonstone collection comprises the standard range of designs   the eighteenth century to the
                  and is the most comprehensive of its kind produced anywhere.  Every   present, copies of Simon Scott’s
                  single item is the work of highly skilled craftsmen. Pieces from the   acclaimed book ‘Artificial Stone:
                  range have been chosen for the construction and renovation of some   a successful substitute for
                  of the world’s most famous buildings, including palaces, stately homes,   natural stone?’ are available by
                  National Trust properties, international hotels, state buildings and   request.
                  gardens, as well as private houses and gardens of every description.
                                                                              The book should prove of
                  The demand for landscaping and architectural elements has led to   particular interest to conservation
                  Haddonstone’s continuing expansion. From modest beginnings in   and restoration professionals, as
                  1971, by 1987 the company had moved its manufactory to a purpose   well as listed property owners
                  built complex at Brixworth in Northamptonshire, UK. The two hectare   seeking to use Haddonstone as
                  (five acre) site incorporates Haddonstone’s 5,000 sq m (54,000 sq ft)     part of a project.
                  manufactory, studio and mould shop complex together with


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