In autumn 2020 Landmark received a grant from the first round of the Culture Recovery Fund. That grant enabled, among other projects, masonry repairs to sections of Cloister and boundary wall at the Grade I-listed Woodspring Priory. This year, further funds enable works to continue and to extend to the Chapter House, plus repairs to the Mounting Block at the Gatehouse entrance.
Situated within a Scheduled Ancient Monument, much of Woodspring's extensive site is constructed of Lias stone which, once it loses its protective face, becomes particularly vulnerable to erosion. The works will consolidate, stabilise and soft cap the walls, rebuilding where necessary. Landmark's senior surveyor Richard Burton is working with Michael Vaughan and John Beauchamp of Somerset-based Benjamin and Beauchamp Architects, who recently worked on our restoration of Winsford Cottage Hospital, and local archaeologist Vince Russett to oversee the repairs.
We were delighted that Orchard Stonemasons won fresh the competitive tendering process, and as of January 2022 continue to work with us on this project. Pictured left they are repairing the historic walls around the Cloister, garden walls and field boundaries.