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Stone Replacement & Conservation

Summary = stone replacement and conservation work to a residential property, which included stone quoins, stone window jambs, stone window surrounds, stone windowsills and stone lintels

Challenge = Exposure to the weather had deteriorated some of the stonework. New replacement stone had to be sourced and cut to size to match the original pieces.

Solution = Located on the edge of Royston Heath, which is famous for the former horse racecourse, within the ancient town of Royston in East Hertfordshire; this traditionally built property was originally three separate cottages. An earlier sympathetic conversion to all three cottages has provided one beautiful, spacious residential property, which features flint cobbled external walls and stone quoins. Exposure to the weather had sadly deteriorated some of the stonework.

As Bakers of Danbury Ltd were carrying out repair and conservation work to the local church, St John the Baptist which had been devastated by a fire back in 2018, the owners of this property asked Bakers to carry out stone replacement and conservation work to their property. Bakers’ craftsmen measured the individual stones they had identified as being beyond repair and made templates for replacement stones to match the original. Bakers of Danbury’s sister company Collins and Curtis Masonry Ltd carefully selected Tottenhoe Clunch directly from the quarry to match the existing Clunch stonework to this property.

All stone quoins to the main gable end were replaced, together with complete window jambs, surrounds and lintels, cut and profiled by stone masons to match the existing. Yorkstone from “Edgehill” quarry was used to replace the windowsills.

The existing flint cobbles were carefully reinstated, where they had been disturbed, and repointed with an NHL 3.5 lime mortar mix with selected graded aggregate sands and fine flint chippings incorporated to match the existing mortar.

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Remembrance Day 2019

In time for Remembrance Sunday and Remembrance Day yesterday, Chelmsford City Council commissioned Bakers of Danbury Ltd to carry out a complete restoration to Chelmsford War Memorial, which sits to the front (north) of the Civic Centre. Restoration work started Monday 4th and was completed Thursday 7th November.

We first erected a large scaffold and monarflex sheeting around the memorial to protect the pedestrian footpath and passersby from overspray when cleaning the Portland stone, provide the Stonemasons with access to the full height of the memorial and also to prevent unauthorised access. Our Stonemasons carried out a Doff Clean which uses pressurised steam and also re-pointed the Portland stone cenotaph, square plinth and stepped base.

Nick Eveleigh, Chief Executive of Chelmsford City Council, said;

The Council is fully committed to restoring War Memorials in its care that honour people who have laid down their lives for this country.”

Chelmsford War Memorial was erected 1923, originally dedicated to those men of Chelmsford killed on military service in the First World. It was later dedicated to all those people of Chelmsford, both military personnel and civilians, who died during the Second World War. The north face of the plinth is inscribed with

TO THE MEN OF CHELMSFORD WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR/1914-1918", the east face with "AND TO ALL CITIZENS WHO FELL IN THE WORLD WAR 1939-1945" and the south face with "OUR GLORIOUS DEAD".

If you would like to find out more about Chelmsford War Memorial and the men and women the memorial id dedicated to visit www.chelmsfordwarmemorial.co.uk.