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Stone chips flying as the mason works

There is, arguably, no finer overview of this ancient craft than that by Thomas Maude, Master Mason, from his book “Guided by a Stone Mason” in which he says:

“Understanding the ancient and mysterious craft of the stone mason is one of the keys that can unlock the secrets of construction that lie hidden within a medieval cathedral. As you walk towards a cathedral there is anticipation, excitement and fascination, many questions spring to mind; who built and designed this amazing structure? How was it done? And how has it stood there for so long? In some cases nearly a thousand years.”

We hope that reading through this section of our site will answer some of those, and other, questions; why not start by seeing the processes used during our Repair Programme here.