St Mary’s Church in Adderbury (Oxfordshire) is known for its stunning carved stonework. We have been on site here since last summer, carrying out conservation of the stone friezes and replacement of stonework that is damaged beyond repair. The grotesques and gargoyles at the top of the tower are thought to be around 600 years old and have become significantly weathered. Where possible these original features have been retained, but we have replaced two of them.
The new grotesque takes the form of an owl, with incredibly detailed plumage. The gargoyle is an intricately carved bat. The bases are fixed back into the tower with stainless steel dowels, and a stainless steel plate on the top. Leadwork to the top surface will protect them from erosion.
We have made other replacements to stonework at the same level. New sections of the trefoil parapet were hand-carved on site, from sawn six sided stone delivered to the church.