from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as grit, 3.

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  • noun A form of sedimentary rock, similar to sandstone but coarser.

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  • noun a hard coarse-grained siliceous sandstone


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grit +‎ stone


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  • Germoe till last century, when they were broken up for road-metal, and that they consisted of a kind of gritstone common enough to the Crowza

    The Cornwall Coast

  • A buzzard cried somewhere beyond Hayes Farm; otherwise there was no sign of animal life in all that windswept country below the crest of the western gritstone uplands.

    Country diary: Staffordshire Moorlands Roger Redfern 2010

  • The high gritstone Dark Peak countryside remains a true wilderness, even though on a mist-free day you can see the fringes of Manchester and Sheffield from its tops.

    In praise of … the Peak District | Editorial 2011

  • Geographically it is part of the Pennine range and its gritstone fells and sweeping heather moorland are perfect for gentle walks.

    Accommodation review | The Spread Eagle, Sawley, Lancashire 2011

  • The Kinder Scout plateau is a more or less flat slab of gritstone overlain by a thick layer of peat.

    Archive 2010-07-01 Carla 2010

  • A little further on, and it threaded through a jumble of gritstone boulders and plunged over a rocky fall to vanish in a dark hollow scooped out of the plateau side.

    Archive 2010-07-01 Carla 2010

  • Hogweed blooms tall and bold in the dank lanesides that create such a complex network in this broad, green trench sandwiched between the limestone plateau to the east and the tawny upthrust of gritstone moors westward.

    Country diary 2010

  • More precisely, at the bottom of a twisting channel where an icy stream had carved its way through the peat to the underlying gritstone.

    Archive 2010-07-01 Carla 2010

  • As we came up to the crest of nearby Carrhead Rocks, a tumble of gritstone boulders with a spectacular view across the Hope Valley, the profusion of burgeoning bracken among the heaped stones reminded me that here, beneath the waving green fronds, the chicks could have a sporting chance of avoiding their predators.

    Country diary: North Derbyshire 2010

  • Climbing a steep lane immediately below the long gritstone escarpment of Stanage Edge the other day we had a quite different experience of wayside life.

    Country diary: North Derbyshire 2010


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  • "Alongside the stately homes, ordinary domestic architecture from the 16th century onwards can also still be seen in rural areas: black-and-white 'half-timbered' houses still characterise counties such as Worcestershire, brick-and-flint cottages pepper Suffolk and Sussex, and hardy, centuries-old farms built with slate or local gritstone are a feature of areas such as Derbyshire, north Wales and the Lake District."

    - multiple authors, 'Great Britain' (Lonely Planet guide).

    September 28, 2008