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Window cills – also known as those ledges at the bottom of your windows – have a dual function:  first of all, their purpose is to make your windows more energy efficient, by keeping cold out and the heat in. As well as finishing off the window structurally, they can also be a wonderfully distinctive decorative feature.

Although you can buy them in a variety of materials, internal cills are often made from wood. We think natural stone is a fantastic choice. Not only does it add character to a room, stone is an excellent substitute for timber: it’s hardwearing, light in colour and non-perishable.

Wood can be quite vulnerable to water damage so if you’re thinking of using your internal window cill as a home for plants, bear this in mind. Direct exposure from the sun will also have an impact on wood – and if your surface is painted, this too can have a tendency to fade. So it makes sense to choose a more resilient option, one that ticks the box for sustainability too.

You can choose from different kinds of stone – limestone, marble and granite are all popular. Among the advantages are its durability and resistance to moisture damage. It’s also easy to clean, a very low maintenance choice and won’t be affected by sunlight in the same way that wood or paint is.

Natural stone brings design flexibility, too. To keep these areas child friendly, we can add bevel or bullnose edging to your preferred stone. You can match it up with flooring or skirting and choose from an aged or honed finish. All we need is a template!

For up to date advice, call our experienced team on 01780 740970. They will help you find exactly the right sort of cills to suit the way you live. You can also arrange a personal consultation at our showroom to view our range of natural stone to make your home more beautiful inside and out.

Stone has always been part of our family history and local heritage.

Based just outside the beautiful stone town of Stamford, we’re lucky enough to live and work on the famous Lincolnshire limestone belt.

You can find our stone all over the country.  Although our main business is architectural masonry and house building, our stone is equally desirable for use inside the home, too. Its popularity led us to create Stamford Stone At Home, which specialises in bespoke stone staircases, flooring for reception halls, boot rooms, orangeries and fireplaces and for patios, paving and ornamental features.

We’ve contributed to some very prestigious projects. Think of quintessentially British buildings including York Minster, Windsor Castle and the Houses of Parliament as well as exciting restorations in historic Oxford and Cambridge. Our expertise also extends to new developments for the next generation of homeowners.

That’s the beauty of stone. It lends itself to a rich diversity of building projects that shape the landscape where we live, work and come together.

We’re proud to own and operate local quarries – the first is our 20 acre Clipsham Medwells Quarry, over a century old. The second is our 30 acre Greetham site, which we took over in 2014. The third is our most recent acquisition, Clipsham Quarry Company which makes us the exclusive supplier of beautiful Clipsham stone worldwide.

While we’re steeped in tradition, we’re big believers in innovation. Our quarry at Swaddywells is perhaps better described as a stone engineering processing centre. Investing in advanced cutting equipment means we can now produce ashlar cladding pieces. This allows natural limestone to be used as either a fully constructional element or a lightweight cladding material.

Committed to remaining a family business, Stamford Stone is currently led by the second generation.

Nothing has changed from when we launched our business in 1997. We’re still as passionate about our products, the way we do business and our customers as we were at the very beginning.

To what do we owe our success?

Changes in technology – from mechanisation which began in the 1950s to the state of the art CNC saws we use today. This guarantees accuracy and consistency like never before. We’ve witnessed huge advances that have improved our processes. However, the careful finishing by hand of our skilled stonemasons will never be replaced.

Good collaborations – we’ve established excellent ongoing relationships with everyone we supply. Consequently, architects, specifiers, housebuilders and conservation specialists in building, commercial and retail sectors frequently approach us first.

Environmental responsibility – we’re very aware of preserving the landscape around our quarries. As a result, we have a renewal plan in place so that we can assure green spaces in the future.

With sustainability such a key word in architecture and construction, we are committed to doing everything we can to take care of our resources. Find out more at our environmental policy.