A Tiny Piece of Olde England

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Tiny Piece of Olde England

 

 

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One of the great pleasures of our trade is the opportunity to repair the damage done to fine old stonework over the centuries. Many castles and fine houses in England have benefitted from the skill of our craftsmen. Indeed, a keen eyed observer will even notice a Chilstone planter in the close of Westminster Abbey!

The above are a pair of heraldic voussoirs (Keystones) . One was brought to Chilstone in 3 pieces and the other is a replica created by our craftsman John Hallett. The ecutcheon stood the worst that nature could throw at her over three centuries until she slowly crumbled into the sorry state you see (above). Fortunately, John was able to reverse the passage of time and restore the noble shield to its former glory - entirely by hand - in our Langton Green workshops. It will now take its place above the main entrance of Howbury Hall where we hope it will remain for many more years.

We are able to copy or repair many such items, so if your castle is looking like its been manhandled  by a particularly brutal invader - give us a call and we will soon sort it out.

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