Conservation of Historic Buildings and Monuments

Specialists in the Conservation of Stone, Plasters, Leadwork and Decorative Surfaces

Featured Project: Queen Annes Summer House

A foursquare folly bearing a date stone of 1878 and the clasped gauntlet of the Shuttleworth family. However the date stone is believed to be misleading given that the exceptionally fine rubbed brickwork is regarded to be far too good for the 1870s and its name gives the clue to its origins.

In 1712, Queen Anne knighted the rich draper, Samuel Ongley, who owned the estate at Old Warden, an event that provides the most likely explanation for the building of the folly and its earlier believed construction.

Works completed:

After consultation the works undertaken were a combination of roof replacement and restoration using new traditional code 8 sand cast lead. Bespoke lead cast rainwater goods were also designed in-house and installed to reduce any further deterioration to the structure from the elements. The design and installation of ach part of the project was in keeping with the buildings original style and appropriate to its historical standing.