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Barnhill Quarry

The history of Barnhill Quarry is vague, with very little documentation as to who leased and worked the site but in the early part of the twentieth century we understand it to have been leased by Messers. E. Turner & Sons of Cardiff. This company has since become part of Willmott Dixon.

Turn of the 20th century
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Bixslade Stone Works

E. Turner & Sons of Cardiff established Bixslade Stone Works for sawing and dressing stone. It was one of the properties later purchased by the United Stone Firms Ltd as one of the Forest of Dean Stone Firms Ltd businesses.

Bixslade Stone Works 1902
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United Stone Firms founded in Bristol

1910
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First publication of United Stone Firms book

First publication of United Stone Firms book 1912
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United Stone Firms failed

Member companies traded on in administration and led to Forest of Dean Stone Firms Ltd being re-registered at Companies House in 1922.

1917
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United Stone Firms (1926) Ltd was formed by Walter Bryant

1926
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United Stone Firms (1926) Ltd folded

Once again member companies traded on while up for sale.

1932
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Assets of the Forest of Dean Stone Firms Ltd purchased

Assets of the Forest of Dean Stone Firms Ltd purchased by father and son, Francis and Peter Scott Russell.

1939
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Francis Scott Russell died

Business continues under the stewardship of the family board, including his son Peter (pictured centre) and wife Elizabeth.  Forest of Dean Stone Firms Ltd was the last surviving United Stone Firms’ company in family hands.

Francis Scott Russell died 1942
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Dawn of a New Age

The business was purchased by our managing director, Nicholas Horton (pictured right) and Marcus Scott Russell (pictured left), son of the late Peter Scott Russell and grandson to Francis and Elizabeth.

Dawn of a New Age 2003
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New Investment

Investment in modern machinery and sawing technologies changed the business beyond all recognition.  Our managing director, Nicholas Horton (left) is pictured here to commemorate the removal of the old frame saw.

New Investment 2005
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New Directors

Peter Hart and his family trust joined the Board of Directors.

2007
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Forest Pennant was launched

Our dedicated commercial brand.

Forest Pennant was launched 2007
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Stonemasons find a new home

Our stonemasons found a new home in a purpose built bankershop, a world away from their original workshop (pictured).

Stonemasons find a new home 2008
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Micro hydro turbine switched on

We pressed the button on our micro hydro turbine, harnessing the power of Cannop Brook.

Micro hydro turbine switched on 2010
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United Stone Firms book published

We marked the cenetenary of the publishing of the prestigious United Stone Firms book with a Limited Edition reprint.

United Stone Firms book published 2012
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Venturing deeper underground

Venturing deeper underground we started to investigate the option of using the lower beds.

Venturing deeper underground 2014
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Lower beds

The lower beds were opened up and we began extraction.  Launch of our Flame Textured Blue Pennant.

Lower beds 2015
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Retirement & Refreshment

Marcus Scott Russell retires and the business moves into a new era.  This is marked by a refresh of the corporate identity.

The Forest of Dean Stone Firms logo is simplified, recreating a mason’s mark depicting FoD.  Forest Pennant undergoes a re-brand to suit its positioning as our specification hard landscaping product range.

Retirement & Refreshment 2016

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