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Head Mason's Blog - April 2014

One of the medieval banker marks found
Posted By : Lee Andrews Monday 7th April 2014

Well since I last wrote on the blog it’s been all go. The masons in the banker shop have made great progress with the working of the MRA8 stones with all the parapet stones and hood moulds worked and making great progress through the harder lower weathering stones. The sawing is 95% complete now with only a few more stones to be cut.

We have started on some of the carvings and in the next couple of weeks a few others will be back from being turned and then the carved tops will be able to be done so the masons are pleased with that. They will be making clay maquettes (models) first before they start and I will give an update of these in my next blog.

Alongside the MRA8 stones we have worked all the stones for the first two bays on the North Cloisters and they are now being fixed ready for the conservation team to go in and do any repairs or re-pointing of the joints; taking care not to knock the lovely new lime plaster we completed last year.

The Consistory Court scaffold has come down now with all the cleaning and repairs to the medieval plaster, polychrome (multi coloured paint) and stone work completed, so now all that needs doing is the polishing of the Purbeck ‘Blue’ marble (which isn’t actually a marble it is a fossilised limestone), and the area has a new lighting system installed.

With the nice weather we have been able to go out and start fixing on the North side with the first stone fixed being the kneeler on the flying buttress and I have taken a photograph of it in place, which you can see below. We have made good progress on the parapet with dismantling the stones down to Stooling level and re fixing the next course, only another five to go and three gablets (area on top of a buttress with a finial on top); like these

While taking down the parapet we uncovered some medieval banker marks on the lower weatherings, one of which you can see in the photo at the top of this month's blog. The marks would have been there so that they knew who worked which stones and so who would get paid.

That sums up last couple of months, I will update soon with carvings and more fixing news.

  

 The kneeler shown being lowered into place in the video