Victorian terrace window repair

Cormont Road 07

Have you ever commissioned a tradesman to repair something and it ends up worse than when they started? This happened to a delightful couple in Cormont Road, Camberwell; a fascinating purpose-built square of Victorian subtly-differing terraced houses. The stonework on the ground-floor bay had eroded and a cowboy builder had replaced the lower string with concrete paving slabs (!) and rendered over the moulding (see below).

Cormont Road before

Rendering over stone with a sand/cement mix is a temporary fix at best, due to the different thermal expansions of the materials. This had only been done 5 years previously. Luckily, David, the owner, had photos prior to this:

Cormont Road 04

From this I was able to work out the original mouldings. I ordered the stone and worked the individual stones to shape in my workshop, then after dismantling the stonework and 2 courses of bricks, we rebuilt the whole. This is near the end where we’ve installed the lower string course, laid the 2 brick courses and have pointed up the pediment. (That’s a ‘phonemason’, by the way…)

Cormont Road 05

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And this is the painted final.

Cormont Road 01

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In the Summer of 2014, Geraint Davies made a beautiful headstone for the grave of my husband David Bowles. He carved a perfect low-relief version of the Green Man head that was David’s signature piece, and below that, he cut the lettering showing his name, dates, and a blessing, all in mellow York Stone. The lettering is delicate and fine, giving the Green Man Roundel a prominent position. My family and I are very pleased with, and impressed by the quality of Geraint’s work, including the dedication he put into faithfully reproducing the carved image, and the way he involved us at every stage of the process. I recommend Geraint Davies as Artist, Sculptor, Stone Cutter, Calligrapher and Mason, as his skills encompass all of these forms. His level of commitment and devotion to excellence, are rare and wonderful qualities, along with his ability to relate to clients needs with sensitivity and intelligence, all contribute to the high quality of his work.
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