Stonework

Work on Holy Trinity's Tower
Over the centuries the weather has taken its toll on the stonework of the church building. Some of the softer stones have been eroded by the wind and rain.  In other places, seeds have lodged and taken root, leading to plants growing out of the stone work – whilst this may give the building part of its charm it is also damaging the building and needs to be addressed by specialists.  In addition to this, pointing used in repairs centuries ago is harder than the stone it is around, this has led to further erosion of the stones.  The pointing needs to be removed and replaced with a non-hydraulic lime mortar. Below are some photos of the work that is taking place on the tower.


March 2014

 

 

Inspecting the work on the tower   New stones waiting to be installed in the tower   The South East buttress which is being re-built – it had moved 10-15cm away from the tower




 
 
 
Some of the stones that have been re-moved from the South East buttress   New stones waiting to go into the South East buttress   Signs of Deathwatch Beetle which has been found in the timber above one of the spread stones
         
     

 
 
 The new spreader stone above the clock face (which has been removed for re-painting)    A new ‘corbel’ stone which supports the spreader stones which the tower’s roof rests on    Tooling on one of the existing stones
         
         
 The re-built North West corner of the Tower    The top of the North West corner of the Tower, now re-built    The top of the North West corner of the Tower, before being re-built

February 2014

 

 

The top of the North West corner of the Tower – Stone have been removed ready for the new stone to go in   The top of the North West corner of the Tower – Stone have been removed ready for the new stone to go in   The new stone awaiting installation




 
 
 
 
The new ‘double corbel’ stone for the top of the North West corner of the Tower   The new stones ready to be put into the Tower showing the ‘tooling’ (texture) on the faces   A view of the North Downs from the top of the Tower


November 2013

         
 Some of the re-pointed stonework     Some of the re-pointed stonework   The King's Head and Church Gate House from the Tower
         
 
   
 The south east corner where the stones are not properly ‘stitched’ together and the corner is falling away     A crack where the south east corner is falling away from the tower due to poor ‘stitching’ of the stones    Some of the stonework that has been repaired, with proper ‘stitching’ of the bricks
         
         
Some of the eroded stones and the north louvre opening that need to be replaced    Some of the eroded stones that need to be replaced – This corner should be a vertical line!   Other stones that have been eroded to a lesser extent


September 2013

   
 
 Some of the eroded stones that need to be replaced   Some of the eroded stones that need to be replaced    Some of the vegetation that needs to be removed 
         
 
 
 This corner of the tower has been badly eroded    It should look more like this corner!    This iron brace is meant to hold up one of the stones above the clock – it has completely rusted away and is not supporting any of the weight!
     
     
 It is amazing when you see some of the features up close!   Working on the stones to remove the old pointing    Working on the stones to remove the old pointing