Totternhoe Stone

The characteristic checkerboard design of many Bedfordshire churches built with alternating chalk and flint blocks: St Mary's (Luton).

Relatively hard chalk outcropping in the middle of the Lower Chalk in the Chiltern Hills in Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire, England.

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St Albans Cathedral

Church of England cathedral in St Albans, England.

St Albans Abbey viewed from the south west
Remains of the cathedral's cloisters.
The nave. The north wall (left) features a mix of Norman arches dating back to 1077 and arches in the Early English style of 1200.
St Albans Abbey in its prime before its dissolution. Painting by Jo Freeman dated 1977
Abbey Gateway, now part of St Albans School.
Ruins of Richard Lee's house at Sopwell Priory
The Wallingford Screen of c. 1480 — the statues are Victorian replacements (1884–89) of the originals, destroyed in the Dissolution of the Monasteries, when the screen itself was also damaged. Statues of St Alban and St Amphibalus stand on either side of the altar.
The choir
1805 engraving of the west front of the Abbey showing the lost Wheathampstead window.
The Lady Chapel at the east end of the cathedral
The shrine of St Alban.
Charter incorporating the Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral of Saint Alban, 1900
Psalm 22:1-8 in the St. Albans Psalter. The first words of the Psalm in the Latin Vulgate are "Deus, Deus meus," abbreviated here as DS DS MS.
Psalm 137 Initial S
Initial at the start of the "Our Father"
Massacre of the Innocents
Christ in the house of Simon the Pharisee, with Mary Magdalene washing his feet, Luke 7:36-50
Jesus's Agony in the Garden
Mary Magdalene announces the Risen Christ

Sections demanding worked stone used Lincolnshire limestone (Barnack stone) from Verulamium; later worked stones include Totternhoe freestone from Bedfordshire, Purbeck marble, and different limestones (Ancaster, Chilmark, Clipsham, etc.).

Chalk Group

Lithostratigraphic unit (a certain number of rock strata) which contains the Upper Cretaceous limestone succession in southern and eastern England.

Brass Point, one of the Seven Sisters
The Needles, (Isle of Wight); part of southern England's extensive chalk outcrop.
Fossil echinoid Echinocorys from the Chalk Group of England
Contact between two units of the lithostratigraphy of South England: the Chalk Group (left, white, upper unit) and the Greensand Formation (right, green, lower unit). Location: Lulworth Cove, near West Lulworth, Dorset, England.
The Wealden Anticline.
Ivinghoe Beacon, Chiltern Hills

In the central Chilterns the two parts are separated by the hard Totternhoe Stone, which forms a prominent scarp in some places.


Village and civil parish in the Manshead hundred of the county of Bedfordshire, England.

St Giles's Church

Behind the knoll is a large chalk quarry producing Totternhoe Stone and modern lime kilns.

Totternhoe Knolls

13.1 hectare Site of Special Scientific Interest in Totternhoe in Bedfordshire.

Totternhoe Castle mound

Part of the site was formerly a quarry where Totternhoe Stone, a strong type of chalk that was used in Westminster Abbey, was mined.

Totternhoe Chalk Quarry

13.4 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Totternhoe in Bedfordshire.

The site is a disused medieval quarry for Totternhoe stone, a durable chalk which was used for buildings including Westminster Abbey.

Totternhoe Stone Pit

Geological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Totternhoe in Bedfordshire, England.

The site displays the base of the Totternhoe Stone.


Small village and civil parish in Bedfordshire.

Eight exclaves of highly anomalous Cowley, all in Hillingdon, then in Middlesex.

The medieval All Saints' Church, built of Totternhoe stone, stands in a prominent position on the hillside, and can be seen from a distance when floodlit at night.

St Helen's Church, Wheathampstead

Oldest church in Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, England, although the date of its origins is unknown.

St. Helen's is built of flint rubble, or Totternhoe clunch, with flint facings and limestone dressings.


Village and civil parish in Hertfordshire, England, near the borders of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire in the Bulbourne valley close to Ashridge Park.

Stocks House
Parish Church of St. John The Baptist, Aldbury
The Pendley Chapel inside the Parish Church
The Whittingham tomb Wild Man
The Valiant Trooper pub

The church was restored in 1866–1867 by W. Browning, who removed two Romanesque arches from the north arcade of the nave and dressed the exterior in flint rubble masonry and totternhoe Stone.


Village and civil parish about 4 mi north of Brackley in West Northamptonshire, England.

18th-century cottages in Wappenham Road
18th-century barn at Priory Farm
Helmdon Reading Room, built in 1887
Bridge carrying Station Road over the dismantled Stratford-upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway next to the site of the former SMJR station
Helmdon Viaduct, part of the dismantled Great Central Main Line
Pillar box and community noticeboard in the part of the village north of the River Tove

Woburn is 31 mi away and most of its stone was supplied by nearer quarries at Ketton and Totternhoe.