Stonework

We cover every aspect of stone conservation

Cliveden Conservation was originally founded with a focus on stone, and we are rightly proud of our pedigree. We repair, clean and aim to protect buildings from the ravages of age, using our specialist knowledge to establish best practice in repair techniques. Our stone masons and carvers can make and install monuments, sculpture, lettering and architectual masonry.

We have extensive experience of in-situ protection of historic objects, along with moving, storing and reinstating historic collections and artifacts, from Egyptian Stelae to modern sculpture.

Carving

Our highly skilled carvers create fine detailing such as foliate mouldings, chimneypieces and fingers to damaged sculpture. We also welcome bespoke commissions for architectural stonework and statuary. Drawings and small-scale maquettes are presented to the client prior to finalising the project.

Lettering

The ability to carve fine lettering into stone is a rare skill, and we have a team of letter cutters able to carve inscriptions into gravestones, monuments, and war memorials. We refine weathered or damaged lettering and create new to match an existing style and font.

Masonry

Where masonry elements have been damaged, such as balustrades or cornices, our team can measure and template, carrying out precision carving to insert new elements to existing structures.  We aim to retain as much of the historic material as possible, trimming our new work to fit, and using suitable fixing methods.

Repairs

We maintain the principle of ‘like-for-like’ while taking into consideration the decay mechanisms and environmental changes affecting stone and brickwork in buildings.

Delicate mortar repairs, and fine indents are stone-matched where possible to the original or substituted with suitable alternatives. Mortar mixes are matched and trialled using both visual and laboratory analysis. We advise on the most appropriate repair methods.

Reinstatement

We repair and reinstate stonework as well as manage the complex logistics of moving, storing and relocating statuary collections, tombs and monuments of all shapes and sizes. Our team work closely with landscapers and engineers to address complex problems when moving and installing objects into and out of historic buildings and gardens.

We can also install security fixings to prevent theft and have a range of portable lifting equipment to enable precise movement of objects without damage.

Winter Covers

In conjunction with the National Trust, we have developed a winter cover system which protects sculptures and decorative stonework from damage caused by freezing and wet conditions.

Our bespoke winter covers consist of a three layered moisture impermeable system which is windproof, waterproof, insulating and provides UV protection.

Protect sculpture and decorative stonework with winter covers

Case Studies

St Albans Cathedral

St Albans Cathedral

In 2015, a two-year programme of repairs to the West Front commenced to repair and protect the medieval stonework of the west porches, the surrounding 19th century masonry, the grand oak doors and the First World War memorial window.

St Mary Magdalene Church, Paddington, London

St Mary Magdalene Church, Paddington, London

The St Mary Magdalene development combines a restored Grade 1 Listed heritage jewel with a modern purpose-built Living Heritage Centre – London’s newest community and cultural venue.

Wells Cathedral ‘West Front’

Wells Cathedral ‘West Front’

The aim of the project was to design and refine a methodology to be used across the rest of the West Front for future conservation projects.

Related news

How to protect sculpture and decorative stonework from weather damage this winter

How to protect sculpture and decorative stonework from weather damage this winter

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We partner with Willesden Jewish Cemetery for Open House Festival 2020

We partner with Willesden Jewish Cemetery for Open House Festival 2020

Our stone specialist Ben Newman will be joining Hester Abrams, Project Leader and Curator for the Willesden Jewish Cemetery’s ‘House of Life’ initiative, in a special webinar.

Conservation work begins to the West Front of Wells Cathedral

Conservation work begins to the West Front of Wells Cathedral

We have begun a pilot programme of conservation work to the much-admired West Front of Wells Cathedral to help safeguard its future.

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We deliver the most appropriate conservation solutions for your building or object