Clunch Stone Restoration Project Saves Church Walls from Erosion.
Universal Stone have completed an external restoration project at St Lawrence in Abbots Langley. This Grade I Listed parish church in Hertfordshire is a fine example of flint chequer work, Totternhoe clunch and decorative windows. USL acted as principal contractor for the external masonry repairs including render repairs, clunch stonework repair, conservation and replacements.
A quinquennial inspection by the church’s architect Carden & Godfrey, revealed that the local clunch stone, a hard chalk, was in vital need of repair. As one of the most porous of stones used for buildings, erosion occurs quickly compared with other building stone. Any new Totternhoe Grey clunch stones were chosen to match existing as closely as possible and were sourced from H. G. Clarke & Son.
On behalf of St Lawrence's we would like to thank the team at USL who have done such a fabulous job on our stonework.