Summary = Repair to flint and stone masonry of a medieval wall at St John's Abbey Gate in Colchester
Value = Approximately £30,000
Location = Colchester, Essex
Challenge = Bakers was asked to repair a hole in the wall, but when Bakers started to remove loose masonry it became apparent that further repair work was necessary to stabilise the wall.
Solution = Investigations were carried out into the foundations, and it was found that they were suitable, so Bakers could continue with the conservation and repair works. Colchester Archaeological Trust were involved in the investigations.Bakers carried out repairs to the collapsed section of the medieval masonry wall which formed part of the boundary to St John’s Abbey Gate in Colchester. The medieval masonry wall consists of various kent rag stone, flint, clunch and re-used masonry from the abbey with lime mortar.
All stone was salvaged, but where necessary Bakers had to source reclaimed stone to match the existing. Loose mortar was raked out, before being pointed with the new lime mortar which matched the existing. The new mortar used had been matched closely with the original mortar colour and was approved by the client.