This restoration project consisted of various items of works, from conservation of existing stone and flint, to the replacement of stone sections across the site. All works were carried out using traditional skills and materials as directed by the architect and structural engineer employed for the project by English Heritage. The site was managed by ourselves with health and safety initiatives set and complied with as required. Conservation. Much of the moulded stone in this church consisted of Clunch and Bath limestone with flint work between, much of the Clunch tracery, quoins and ashlar had deteriorated significantly. Therefore, the scope of works required us to protect existing ashlars and moulded detail with coats of lime water with a final shelter coat to restrict further deterioration wherever possible.
Considerable amounts of the flint work panels around the structure had to be re-pointed to prevent water egress, this was completed with the use of hand wooded tools as directed by the architect. Stone re-placement was required on most elevations, involving arch, tracery, mullions and jambs to tracery windows. The parapets required new merlon and embrasure copings with lime rendered panels to the roof side of the parapet.
The North turret also had much stone replaced including lancet window, angled quoins, ashlars and new plinth to lime render to ground at the lower level.
The new replacement stone also included weathering’s and quoins to buttresses around the church, with part replacement of a carved finial and gable ornate cross also.
This project was successfully completed to time programme and budget, working with the client and architects approval.