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Conservation Update

Latest on EWH funded conservation projects around the World Heritage Site.

Nov 14, 2013

Quaker Meeting House

EWH funded work at the Quaker Meeting House on Victoria Terrace is now almost complete. The project was to replace the decaying and inappropriate windows of the community rooms, with something not only more energy efficient but also more in keeping with the building’s architecture.

Phase one on the west side is now complete, and the second phase on the Victoria Street side is nearly finished. The project is a good example of high quality joinery work, needing specialist skills because of the size and elaborate detailing required. The window frames have been painted a dark green to match their original colour, and helping them to

St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral

A project to improve St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral has progressed well. An area of tarmac in the north west corner of the grounds has been grassed-over, landscaped and opened up as publicly accessible green space at the heart of the West End.

EWH funding is helping the repair and refurbishment of the original cast-iron railings, reinstate a stone pillar terminating the railings at the West Door of the cathedral, and opening up a previously inaccessible area.

Work to the north west corner is now almost complete, and a second phase will see more improvements to the setting of the cathedral on the south side. HRH The Princess Royal visited on 9 October to thank all those involved with the project, and also met the stone mason apprentices in the workshop in the grounds of the cathedral.

Learmonth Terrace

Back in January 2013 EWH awarded a grant to help conserve 25 Learmonth Terrace, a highly distinctive Victorian town house.

The EWH grant is helping towards the restoration of the building’s complex and ornate exterior, to repair extensive damage to the stonework caused by weathering and by inappropriate work carried out in the 1960s.

Left: A new scroll bracket to the chimney stack, carved by hand from a solid piece of stone.  Right: Mason at work carving a new capital to be incorported in the curved window behind.

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