Rates of stone loss at St Paul's Cathedral, London

S. T. Trudgill*, H. A. Viles, R. U. Cooke, R. J. Inkpen

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Rates of surface lowering of the Portland stone balustrade of St Paul's Cathedral, London are presented. Long term rates (1718-1987) are derived from measurements of lead plugs (LPI) on the top of the balustrade and average 0.081 mm a-1. Short term rates, provided by micro-erosion meter (MEM) measurements between 1980 and 1985, average 0.06 mm a-1. The use of means obscures important spatial and temporal variability within the data sets.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-363
Number of pages3
JournalAtmospheric Environment. Part B. Urban Atmosphere
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1990


  • micro-erosion meter
  • Portland stone
  • Stone loss
  • surface lowering rates


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