Our restoration project on the principle entrance on Carlisle Cathedral’s South Transept has won a 2016 Natural Stone Award in the craftsmanship category.
Created from soft St Bees stone during a restoration project carried out by Victorian architect, Ewan Christian, between 1853-56, the entrance way had weathered badly over time, resulting in the loss of much of the decorative detailing.
Working with contractors, Lambert Walker Ltd, and masonry craftsman, Adrian Wright, the project saw the removal and replacement of the sections damaged stone, using casts of the original stonework to inform the carving process.
Two large capitals were replaced and two orders of vine carving were fully replicated. Two badly decayed carved angel label stops were also recarved and replaced and the coping stones on the porch were carefully lifted and a new lead damp proof membrane inserted beneath..
Organised by the Stone Federation of Great Britain, the Natural Stone Awards is a biennial awards ceremony that celebrates the best and brightest of natural stone construction project across the industry.