Conservation team builds with new stone mason

5th July 2022

Fully qualified stonemason, Samantha Peacock, is our newest member of the conservation team. She joins the Bath Workshop working on projects primarily but not solely within the southwest of England.

Samantha has spent 14 years working within the heritage construction industry and has an NVQ 3 in both banker masonry and heritage skills. She also trained as a stained glass conservator at Holy Well Glass, complementing her skills as a stonemason and boosting her overall understanding of building conservation.

Her career began with an apprenticeship at Wells Cathedral Stonemasons working on different types of limestone and sandstone as well as moulding from Gothic to Neo-Classical. Other early achievements include placement on SPAB’s William Morris Craft Fellowship scheme and a NHTG bursary at York Minster. Samantha helped restore the Great East Window and conserve the 14th century iconography of the statue of St Peter.

Whilst in York, Samantha completed a Master’s degree in the archaeology of buildings before becoming a self-employed stonemason. Notable projects include the conservation of eighteenth century coade panels of the Radcliffe Observatory in Oxford and working on masonry for the King’s Entrance on Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim.

Most recently, Samantha was contracted by Cliveden Conservation to help conserve the statues to the West front of Wells Cathedral. Tom Flemons, Cliveden Conservation’s Bath Workshop Manager, is delighted to have Samantha on board:

“We’re really pleased that Sam has joined us and look forward to her becoming a key member of the team.  Sam’s existing skills will be put to full use on some of the wide range of projects with which we are associated.”