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before and after shots of the work done by london stone conservation on hanges vault at highgate cemetrey

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Hanges Mausoleum, Highgate Cemetery, July-August 2013

The brief for this listed brick mausoleum was to change its outer appearance and bring it in line with the adjoining vaults which had previously been clad in Portland stone.


The goal was to follow the general design of the artchitecture of the neighbouring mausoleums, whilst at the same time not altering the sub-structure of the Hanges vault.


Part of the works included re-screeding the roof, whilst increasing the fall of the pitch. We also inserted additional roof air vents to increase the air circulation within the vault.
The best example of an ouroborus (an ancient symbol depicting a dragon or serpent eating its own tail) was chosen from a neighbouring mausoleum.


A silicon mould was taken in situ, and although the original ouroborus is cast iron, a decision was taken to cast the copy in bronze to further enhance its appearance.


Clean Portland stone whitbed was sourced and masoned up on site.
The stonework was tied into the brickwork using stainless steel restraining fixings.
The word ‘HANGES’ was carved by hand in situ on completion of the masonry construction, and gilded in 23 carat English gold leaf.

 

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