Stone to Build London by Gill Hackman (Folly Books, 320p), is a fascinating history of Portland Stone and the rebuilding of London after the Great Fire of 1666.

It covers the relationships between the Isle of Portland, the Portland quarrymen and the architects, masons, builders and landowners who built London's most iconic buildings. As well as detailing the history of all the Portland quarries and the geological formation of Portland, the book also illustrates and describes virtually all the Portland stone buildings in London and all the most important buildings that used Portland stone throughout the UK.

Portland is a fascinating island to visit, with plenty to study in breadth and depth, and plenty to do, including sailing, climbing and windsurfing. It’s variety and size make it an ideal place for school trips. UK School Trips is now partnering with The Hotel Aqua to offer accommodation on the island.

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