Burlington Slate are a prestigious manufacturer of Natural Stone which has been quarried for over 400 years from the heart of the English Lake District. They operate six quarries yielding an array of natural colours and textures. Their team of skilled craftsmen use modern machinery to produce slate and stone products of the finest quality.
From being a single quarry company Burlington, during the late 1970's and early 1980's acquired two more slate operations - the Lakeland and Broughton Moor Green Slate Companies. These brought five more quarries into the group - all within the National Park. These were to be followed by a further Green Slate, a Silver Grey Slate (Brandy Crag) and a Limestone Quarry (Baycliff).
Also during this time there were many changes to the ways in which the various slate products were manufactured. Much of the hand splitting was mechanised (although the final split and inspection is still done by hand) and machines now trim the slate to size.
The architectural side of the business began in the late 1950's with the introduction of diamond-tipped circular saws. These were used for cutting the slate to size and other machines were later developed (often in-house) for polishing and shaping. Eventually some of these processes became computer-controlled and this is the case to the present day.
The result of all this progress has been to make more use of the raw material with less manual handling and more efficient production, something which all at Burlington are very proud of.
The slate deposits in this region are of an unusually high quality and offer their own unique colour characteristics, notably green, gray, black and red.
The Burlington Slate range includes: