Client: PCC of St Leonard's Church Flamstead
Completed: Nov 2021
Category: Places of Worship
Contract Duration: 56 Weeks
Architect: Thomas Ford & Partners
What we did...
  • Conservation & Restoration
  • Stone Masonry & Repairs
  • Structural / Heritage Roofing
  • Flintwork & Stone Carving
  • Specialist Services

Universal Stone Ltd. were awarded the contract to restore and make safe the historic church of St Leonards, Flamstead.

Through the support of National Lottery, local people, funds, trusts and local organisations, USL were able to undertake this extensive conservation repair project to this Grade I Listed medieval church.  Use the link below to see the wonderful news coverage this conservation project received on ITV Anglia.

Conservation works included;

  • Full scaffolding with external envelope as well as full protection of church furnishings and specialist protection of medieval wall paintings. 
  • Engagement with Ecologist to provide bat protection and mitigation including bat boxes. 
  • Removal and stripping of existing nave roofing with 50% of reclaimed original boarding.  
  • Timber and structural repairs in English Oak.
  • Rebuilt of roof structure using traditional techniques - mortice & tenon joints and Oak pegs as well as modern spliced partnering repairs.
  • Wall plate repairs enabling supply and fix of new wall plates to full length of north and south walls.  
  • Ridge beam repairs in line with existing timbers including bay scarfs in new sections to suit joints with adjacent timbers and mortices for rafter ends.  
  • Rafter repairs through-out as well as main tie beam repairs incorporating pedant post and braces.  Splicing and remaking in new oak with cutting out any decayed timber where required.  
  • Sensitive conservation principles used extensively.  
  • Roof covering renewed with historic boards where possible and new traditional half hard copper roof installed with code 5 lead covering flashing. 
  • Restoration to Clerestory windows including stone masonry and glazing.  
  • Internal repairs comprising of repair to plaster associated with windows and clerestory levels as well as limewashing. 
  • Renewal of rainwater goods and below ground drainage (new Soakaway). 
  • External flint repointing and the replacement of corbels internally to replicate stylised angels. The USL team created new hand carved stone decorations.  


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"From proactivity on the procurement side given the disruptions to the supply chain, to flexibility in preserving artefacts for heritage engagement, to the ever-friendly site manager, I personally found the Universal Stone team a real pleasure to work with and would have no hesitation in recommending them for similar projects."

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