Client: St Martin Church, Herne
Completed: Jan 2020
Category: Places of Worship
Contract Duration: 36 Weeks
Architect: Rena Pitsilli-Graham
What we did...
  • Restoration & Conservation
  • Stone Masonry Repairs
  • Clock Repairs & Glazing
  • Roofing & Structural Restoration
  • Rainwater Goods

USL were pleased to continue working at St Martin Church in Herne to restore the masonry of the  tower as well as the lead  roof and other structural elements.

This magnificent largely early 14th century church was unfortunately very heavily restored in the later 19th century.  Much external masonry was renewed, however despite this, there is still strong evidence of fine 14th and 15th century masonry and stonework.

The restoration programme to the tower section of the church included;

  • Cleaning to all stone including Caen, Bath and Kentish Ragstone.
  • Extensive repairs and conservation to all masonry on the upper stages of the Tower.
  • Replacing stones of rubble walling as well as mortar repairs/ repointing.
  • Opening up of two blocked doorways.
  • Manufacture and installation of two new oak doors and new metal balustrade.
  • Timber conservation and replacements to defective roof rafters, joists, beams, gutter bearers, noggins and roof boards.
  • New lead sheet roofing as well as structural repairs and restoration to existing timber boarding, guttering and flashing.
  • Repair and redecoration of tower clock.
  • Glazing repairs to Ringing Room windows.
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The rubble stone walling work consisted primarily of Septaria nodules, flint, rounded pebbles, Folkestone Bed and Thanet stones, as well as Kentish Ragstone, Caen and some Reigate. Our team of specialists matched as closely as possible to the existing composition.

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