Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In English geology, a rock forming a part of a series of rough, shelly, sandy limestones, with layers of marl and sandstone, occurring in the Lower or Bath Oölite. The shale series is sometimes called the Ragstone or Ragstone series.
- n. In masonry, stone quarried in thin blocks or slabs.
- n. The weathered first bed or upper layer of a quarry in England. Also raggstone.
- rag + stone (Wiktionary)
“Those who have investigated with perhaps "an excess" -- as Wordsworth would say -- "of scrupulosity" all the details of Pickwickian topography are inclined to believe that the wooden bridge, upon which the chaise hired by the Club to make the journey from Rochester to Dingley Dell came hopelessly to grief, was Aylesford Bridge, transmuted for the nonce from Kentish ragstone into timber.”
“Between me and the Castle to the east lay the district of crowding houses, brick and ragstone, mixed in the distance with vague azure haze; and to the right the harbour, the sea, with their ships; and visible around me on the heights seven or eight dead, biting the dust; the sun now high and warm, with hardly a cloud in the sky; and yonder a mist, which was the coast of France.”
“There is a fine medieval fifteenth-century bridge at Yalding across the Beult, long, fairly level, with deeply embayed cutwaters of rough ragstone.”
“St. Vincent de Paul, of Kentish ragstone with a wheel window in the east end.”
“It is faced with Kentish ragstone, and was consecrated 1862.”
“The buildings are of Kentish ragstone, were designed by Cundy, and contain a church, clergy house, and school-house with teacher's residence.”
“The church is built of Kentish ragstone, and is in a plain Early English style, with an apse at the east end.”
“Kentish ragstone, in the Perpendicular style, with quatrefoil parapet, ornamental pinnacles and spire.”
“THE whinstone of Scotland is also the same with the toadstone of Derbyshire, which is of the amygdaloides species; it is also the same with the ragstone of the south of Staffordshire, which is a simple whinstone, or perfect trap.”
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