Client: The Church of St Mary the Virgin
Completed: 2021
Category: Places of Worship
Contract Duration: 24 Weeks
Architect: Ablett Architects
What we did...
  • Restoration & Major Building Works
  • Stonework & Carving
  • Tracery & Window Repairs
  • Chimney & Flue works
  • Roofing & Rainwater Goods

The team at USL, recently completed the essential fabric repairs to the Medieval Church of St Mary the Virgin in Aylesbury (Diocese of Oxford).

There is evidence of a church from Saxon times, however the present building was constructed sometime between 1200-1250.  With its ornate clock tower dominating the local skyline, St Mary is a building of exceptional interest and is listed as Grade I.  Our stone specialists carried out essential stonework restoration and repairs to the facade.

Stonework and Fabric Repairs:

  • Extensive repointing of stonework to walls from the South Clerestory to Nave.  The elevation included a length of 23 linear metres from coping stones to parapet.  Raking out and repointing of various individual joints and walling.
  • Stonework restoration and repairs to Chapter House parapets and walls, Refectory, South Porch walls and parapets, south transept and south aisle locations.
  • Coursed stone walling repairs including cutting out, replacing decayed walls stone with suitable alternatives.
  • Ashlar stone repairs to Nave Clerestory encompassing string course, replacing decayed sections and indent repairs.
  • Additional Ashlar stone repairs to South Aisle, Refectory, South Porch and South Transept.
  • Restoration to window repair and mortar repairs to cills on Clerestory windows.
  • Construction of new stone chimney to match existing and new flue.
  • Overhaul of rainwater goods
  • New stone carving of cross for church apex.

All stone masonry repairs were carried out by USL’s specialist team of banker masons including all dressed and moulded stones.  USL carried out all works whilst the church remained opened to the public.

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