Stonework At Streamside : Update

Tags

, , , , , , , ,

WWW.QUALIFIEDSTONEMASON.COM

TIMBER FRAME.

Timber frame 1

Timber Frame 2

Back in September we mentioned that we were setting out the base for a new extension to a barn conversion in Cornwall. Well…..now that the timber frame is complete and the rag slate roof on, this week we returned to Streamside to start cladding the external walls in natural stone. This is the second phase for this project as we carried out the conversion to this barn a few years ago.

Rag Slate 2

Rag Slate 1

In total there will be approximately 140 square metres of stonework to be carried out for this project. Whilst we were setting out all the blockwork for the base a few weeks ago another task we had to carry out before the timber frame could be erected was to demolish the existing flight of stone steps leading into the barn and completely rebuild a new set of steps to suit the new design. For this we used about ten tons of reclaimed granite and the first few steps were formed on a radius.

Granite Steps

Radius Steps

We’ll keep posting further updates as this project proceeds.

another_job_by_mark_robinson

Carved In Stone

Tags

, , , , , , , , , , ,

WWW.QUALIFIEDSTONEMASON.COM

AN OLD GRINDING WHEEL.

The Lodge

Here’s an old grinding wheel that was once used for sharpening knives and tools. It was recovered from a stream which runs through the old manor complex of Keynedon Barton in South Devon where it had been lying there for more than 60 years. ‘The Lodge’ is situated within the grounds of this manor complex and we have just completed a new retaining wall in front of it, all built in natural stone. It was decided that the old grinding wheel would have the name ‘The Lodge’ carved into it and then set into the new wall as a feature.

Click the link below to see the finished article.

http://www.qualifiedstonemason.com/lodge.php

another_job_by_mark_robinson

Grade II Listed Garden Wall : Now Completed

Tags

, , , , , , , ,

WWW.QUALIFIEDSTONEMASON.COM

NEWNHAM PARK ESTATE WALL.

Newnham Estate

As mentioned previously in earlier posts we have been carrying out substantial repair work to the garden walls at Newnham Park Estate on the outskirts of Plymouth, and these repairs have now been completed. The scope of the work involved us rebuilding two sections of the garden wall and completely renewing the slate coping along its entire length.

And here’s the link if you want to find out more. 

http://www.qualifiedstonemason.com/newnham.php

another_job_by_mark_robinson

In The Field

Tags

, , , , , , , , ,

WWW.QUALIFIEDSTONEMASON.COM

SOUTH DEVON COUNTRYSIDE.

Frogmore Estuary

We’ve been in the fields out at Sherford this week admiring the stunning views overlooking the Frogmore estuary. With little more than a pile of stone, a few sheep and some cattle to keep us company, we have been repairing the drystone walls that criss-cross the land. Originally, openings in field walls were probably about 6 feet wide, just enough to let a horse and cart pass through them. These days with the size of the modern farm machinery now required to tend the land these openings are no longer wide enough, and that is what we’ve been doing, making these openings wider to allow better access into these fields. Once the old opening has been made wider, the end of one side of the wall is then rebuilt using the existing stone to suit the new gates which are 15 feet in width.

Old Hay Rake

Pier With Slate Capping

Wall Repair

This is one of three openings we have completed this week. So hopefully we won’t have to come back for a while, until that is they get bigger machines!

another_job_by_mark_robinson

Press Release

Tags

, , , , , , , , ,

WWW.QUALIFIEDSTONEMASON.COM

PLYMOUTH HERALD.

Plymouth Herald

Back in August we posted information about the Lee Moor tramway bridge where we carried out some repairs to the stonework. Our local newspaper, The Herald, have released an article about it.

Check it out!

http://www.thisisplymouth.co.uk/Historic-bridge-restored/story-19805592-detail/story.html#

Keynedon Barton Revisited

Tags

, , , , , , , , , ,

WWW.QUALIFIEDSTONEMASON.COM

SHERFORD LINHAY.

keynedon Barton Linhay

This small linhay dates back to the early 1600’s and is part of the old manor complex of Keynedon Barton in Sherford on the outskirts of Kingsbridge. The farmhouse can claim to be one of the oldest in South Devon, with its history dating back several hundred years. Back in the summer we spent several weeks carrying out repairs to a wall that got washed away after a river burst its banks and we also constructed a new stone retaining wall on site. This week we returned again to Keynedon Barton to carry out some small repairs to field boundary walls and gate pillars around the farm which is general maintainance to keep livestock within the fields and this type of work is ongoing for any working farm.

Keynedon Barton Linhay Pillar

Keynedon Barton Linhay Buttress

It was during the 1600’s that Keynedon Barton became a high status mock fortified manor complex and much of the remaining stonework down at the farmouse can still be seen, a great deal of effort went into this stonework and this can also be seen in the stonework and round pillars of the linhay. They are constructed from local slate and each stone has been hand dressed with an axe, which is remarkable really when you think that all this was done to create a building in the middle of nowhere to keep animals in! The rear elevation has raking buttresses which have also been constructed to a high degree of craftsmanship. Having stood for almost 400 years, overall, this stonework is still structurally in a good condition and a credit to the masons that built it in the first place.

When we update our main website we will post a link here showing you the walls we built over by the farmhouse.

Grade II Listed Garden Wall : Update

Tags

, , , , , , , ,

WWW.QUALIFIEDSTONEMASON.COM

NEWNHAM PARK ESTATE.

Newnham Park estate Coping

We have for the last few months been carrying out repairs to a Grade II listed garden wall in the grounds of Newnham Park Estate in Plympton, Plymouth. One section of the wall had collapsed whilst another section had to be taken down as it was on the point of collapse and deemed to be too dangerous in its present state. Now that both sections of wall have been rebuilt, we have almost finished laying a new slate coping on top of its entire length.

In the next few days the work should be completely finished after which we will post a link to our main website showing you what was carried out.

Streamside Gets Underway : Phase II

Tags

, , , , , ,

WWW.QUALIFIEDSTONEMASON.COM

STREAMSIDE.

Starting Streamside

We have just recently laid foundations in preparation for a large extension to ‘Streamside’, a little barn situated in the small isolated hamlet of Middlewood in Cornwall. We have also built the blockwork up to floor level and cast the concrete floor slab. The design detail for this is going to be timber frame so currently we are off site whilst the carpenters erect all the timber work and get the roof in place. Once they have finished their job we will be back on site constructing all the stonework for the external walls and landscaping. We will keep you posted as the work proceeds.

Streamside is a barn that we converted a few years ago, although a small barn in comparision to most, more than two thirds of the external walls had to be rebuilt during this first phase. In the meantime you can see what we did here if you click the link below.

http://www.qualifiedstonemason.com/streamside.php

another_job_by_mark_robinson

Jefford’s Gate

Tags

, , , , , , , , , ,

WWW.QUALIFIEDSTONEMASON.COM

MONUMENTAL GATEWAY.

Monumental Gateway

Here’s an interesting little project we carried out a few years ago. We were nominated by Plymouth City Council to carry out the complete reconstruction of a Grade II listed monumental gateway at Lockyer’s Quay in Plymouth, Devon.

The link below will take you back to our main website telling you what was involved. There you will also find a link to the original archeologists report detailing its full history.ZDNPGBXY8Y25

http://www.qualifiedstonemason.com/jeffords.php

another_job_by_mark_robinson

The Hound Of The Baskervilles

Tags

, , , , , , , ,

WWW.QUALIFIEDSTONEMASON.COM

DATESTONE.

2009

A datestone is typically a stone embedded in a building or structure with the date of its engraving. Some may also have additional information carved into them. All datestones have a story to tell and the story behind this particular datestone would require a far bigger piece of granite than this to tell it!

You can read all about it by following the link below.

http://www.qualifiedstonemason.com/brookmanor.php

another_job_by_mark_robinson

Project Water Wheel

Tags

, , , , , ,

WWW.QUALIFIEDSTONEMASON.COM

OLD WATER MILL WHEEL.

Water Wheel

Over the past couple of years we have been working on a project down in Cornwall involving a water wheel which belongs to an old mill. Up until now we have constructed most of the stonework walls where, eventually, the water wheel will be placed. This cast iron water wheel is presently sat waiting for a complete restorataion where most, if not all, of the timber spokes and buckets will be replaced. We still have to finish off the stonework and this will be the next stage for us to carry out when the client is ready.

We’ll keep you updated on its development.

Grade II Listed Garden Wall

Tags

, , , , , ,

WWW.QUALIFIEDSTONEMASON.COM

GARDEN WALL.

Garden Wall

This Grade II listed garden wall is situated in the grounds of a large private estate on the outskirts of Plymouth. It was probably constructed during the early 1740’s at the same time the main house itself was built. Our team of stonemasons have been on site for several weeks now carrying out much needed repairs to this 275 year old wall and they are about halfway through the work. Now that a scaffold has been erected it will enable us to carry out work to the higher levels of the wall as its height stands at just over 13 feet. A new slate coping will be going back on top of this 130 foot length of walling.

As the work continues, we’ll keep you updated.

Old Tin Mining Chimney

Tags

, , , , , , , ,

WWW.QUALIFIEDSTONEMASON.COM

TIN MINING CHIMNEY.

Old Tin Mine Chimney

This old stone chimney stack is a relic from our tin mining heritage and it’s perched on the crest of a hill in an isolated, overgrown patch of rural Devon countryside. We have been invited to take a look at it and determine what repair work needs to be undertaken. We don’t know much about its history as of yet but records of mining here go back as far as the early 1700’s so we imagine it has been standing for about 300 years. Once a specification has been approved work will hopefully start early next year and we’ll be able to tell you a lot more about it.

Watch this space!

Scheduled Ancient Monument Has Repairs Carried Out

Tags

, , , , , , , , ,

WWW.QUALIFIEDSTONEMASON.COM

THE LEE MOOR TRAMWAY BRIDGE.

Lee Moor Tramway Bridge

We have just completed repairs to this scheduled ancient monument at Plympton in Plymouth.

Here is the link to our main website explaining a little bit more about this project.

http://www.qualifiedstonemason.com/tramwaybridge.php

another_job_by_mark_robinson

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.