Client: King's Lynn Minster (St Margaret)
Completed: March 2018
Category: Places of Worship
Contract Duration: 39 Weeks
Architect: Caroe Architects
What we did...
  • Restoration & Conservation
  • Stone Masonry
  • Glazing Restoration
  • Leadwork
  • Specialist Services

USL were proud to be the nominated as the masonry and restoration contractor for the prestigious Grade I listed Minster church in King’s Lynn.   One of the largest town churches in the country. Founded in 1101 and partially rebuilt in 1741 after the spire collapsed onto the nave in the storm.  This early Gothic revival style church was granted the honorary title King's Lynn Minster in 2011 by the Bishop of Norwich.

This extensive restoration and development project is supported by Heritage Lottery Fund to undertake the necessary restoration works to the parapet and clerestory windows in the north choir, which were last repaired in the 1870s.  The development aspects of the project included creating a new emergency exit that will safely increase the capacity from 300 to 500 people.

The project incorporated; restoring and repairing the crumbling stonework outside of the church, which was originally built with Roman cement (USL replaced with stronger material), urgent repairs to the north porch parapet including taken down original and rebuilding with new stone (where needed), restoring eroded carvings, north choir clerestory, stone alternations to accommodate new emergency exit, glazing restoration, repairs to stone tracery, re-leading on windows, replacing of rusted iron bars, and extensive conservation to the west porch area.

On the west porch, the Victorian Roman cement patching had come away.  At lower levels and on the parapet, new stone was inserted, matching the original.  Roman cement mouldings have been repaired with old/new Roman cement treated with a translucent shelter coat and blended to match.

The outcome of the extensive restoration project was impressive, improving the visitors’ experience of the building, its history and treasures.

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“It will be a great relief to know that that’s all secure and safe and it really will be wonderful to have the new facilities.”

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