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MONUMENT CONSERVATION
Private Memorials
Highgate Cemetery, Mears 2011

This gothic extravaganza stands on a slope falling to the southwest. The vault was not included in these works; however, it was noted that the Yorkstone slab over the vault has shifted away down the slope since it was last pointed up at the base of the monument.

 

Three lifts of scaffolding were erected to access all levels.

 

The monument was covered in moss, green algae and general dirt; it had suffered mechanical damage and permanent loss through various agencies, including wartime bombing. The most visible loss was the missing spire. There was also evidence of past incremental repair to many features, most now failing. Fragments were found scattered on the ground.

 

The monument was initially given a comprehensive and particularly careful cleaning by hand, further exposing the nature and extent of the damage: a benefit for closer and more detailed inspection.  Unusual and particularly unsightly mould growth became evident, as did the full effects of sulphation.

 

Selected areas were chosen for de-frassing. Brickwork was made good and re-pointed where necessary; lime mortar repairs (containing Portland stone dust), raking out and re-pointing were carried out only if judged wholly requisite for the integrity of the structure. The dispersed found fragments were relocated to their original positions wherever possible. Some ornament, such as a crocket on the northeast corner, required remodelling in lime mortar.

 

Limewash was applied in specific areas as directed, such as the flat surfaces under the cusped gothic frame, which, showing raw Portland stone, looked dark and unsightly.

 

However, other areas benefited from a sheltercoat of limewash.

 

Due to the severe extent of the damage and erosion, it was decided to replace all necessary finials and pinnacles with new carved stone.

An exemplary finial and a pinnacle were removed and taken to the workshop accordingly. Threaded rod, rather than smooth stainless steel, was used in the re-fixing.

 

It was recommended that tree branches should be cleared in order to protect the spire and its crockets: even thin branching, when whipping around in the wind, can easily catch and loosen the architectural details, or even break them free altogether.

 

 

Chronology

  • Before Cleaning

  • After Cleaning

  • Duplicating

  • Indent Repairs

  • Limewash Finishing

  • Painting & Lettering

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