Dover’s Tidy Ruins – St James Church is now ‘Tidy and Restored’

30 May, 2022

It's been a very exciting time for the stonemasonry team at Universal Stone to collaborate alongside Dover District Council, English Heritage and Conservation Architects Purcell on this important conservation and stabilising project at the Grade II Listed, Scheduled Monument Ruins of St James Church in Dover.

Our team recently completed vital restoration works to this lovely Norman site.  Built in the 11th Century and known as ‘Dover’s Tidy Ruin’ standing at the end of St James Street, at the foot of Castle Hill.  It was badly damaged in both WWI & WWII with the church tower collapsing c1950s.  The remaining monument has some excellent examples of Norman construction including the west wall’s fine Norman round-headed doorway with zigzag pattern and remains an important landmark in the local Dover community.

To preserve this exceptional example of Norman construction, our teams utilised traditional stone masonry techniques and hand-carving whist replacing weathered and damaged sections with new blocks and stone.

It is rewarding to see places of architectural significance conserved and repaired to help regenerate local communities and ensure preservation for years to come.

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