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STONEWORK
Watermans Arms 2005

The Lodge, Watermans Square, Penge

Removal and replacement of severely decayed pediment sculpture

London Stone Conservation was awarded the 2005 Bromley CouncilBuilt Heritage Award for this project.

 

The Lodge was built during the reign of Queen Victoria in 1845, situated in a complex of buildings containing numerous sculptures of exceptional quality.

 

Problem
Whilst we always follow a philosophy of minimum intervention, in this case, a design flaw in the original construction -  the face-bedding of the stone - meant that a radical solution was unavoidable.

 

Solution
Thus we felt, with some reluctance, that there was no other option than the total removal and replacement of such a severely decayed sculpture.
The accurate reconstruction of the design involved research at the Royal College of Heraldry
A Bathstone was sourced to match the existing one as closely as possible. A traditional lead-based paint was used for the polychromy and 22.5 carat English gold leaf for the gilding. The use of traditional materials and craftsmanship should insure maximum durability and minimum maintenance.
There was a conflict between the amount of protection afforded to the sculpture by the coping stones and the aesthetic demands of matching the original design. Enlarging the copings would have provided better shelter from the elements, but would have upset the architectural balance of the facade.

 

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