Indents to St Luke’s Kew

St Luke’s C of E

A beautiful Victorian church in Kew, the stunning entrance porch has suffered from both general wear and tear and a recent bit of poor reversing by car driver. Previous repairs to the round bases had pinged off over successive winters and those delicate vertical bow-keel mouldings had burst and disintegrated. The pillar on the left side had been smashed with the car and was dangerous, so I took it down.


Bath Stone Indents

I cut the worst parts of the stone mouldings off so that I could insert nice square pieces of Bath stone to resemble the existing and get a really tight fit (see below).

Along with another mason I took templates of the indents and we worked the stone off-site then returned with the new indents. I left the stones a little full so they could be trimmed and sanded on-site.

The Finished Repairs

We used Bath stone and fixed the new pieces in with epoxy resin, stainless steel dowels and lime putty mortar.

Whilst the new stone looks paler than the existing, it will weather in over time.


  What’s an indent?

In masonry an indent is a repair whereby a damaged piece of stone is cut (out usually square), and a new piece of stone is inserted as tightly as possible into the space. The new stone can be worked beforehand, when inserted or both, so it will blend in as seamlessly as possible not distract the eye.


Commonly, steps are damaged when the protruding edges (‘nosings’ in masonry) are snapped off often by scaffolding or by heavy goods or just wear and tear. Bullnoses are particularly vulnerable, as the photo below demonstrates.

I cut out the break and used a piece of Portland to insert into the step as tightly as possible.





a carved tablet or drawing representing a scroll with rolled-up ends, used ornamentally or bearing an inscription.
an ornate frame around a design or inscription.
“a coat of arms in a cartouche”
In this case, the brief was to inscribe a memorial in the form of a cartouche. Preliminary drawings to maquette (clay model) to finished article.

Initial design

Clay Maquette

The finished article installed at Richmond and Putney Cemetery

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