Meet the craftspeople

Thanks to the Culture Recovery Fund, we recently completed a raft of 16 vital conservation projects at Landmarks across England. Each site rang out with the sound of chisels and trowels as over 130 heritage craft specialists repointed, reroofed and renewed brick, timber and stone. 

We’re delighted that Historic England visited three of the projects to meet the dedicated craftspeople and produce videos about our work.    

Repointing at Martello Tower in Suffolk

Award-winning, family run F.A Valiant & Son Ltd undertook localised repointing to the brickwork moat walls at Martello Tower. Intricate craft knowledge has passed through three generations of this company, founded in 1946 and today led by Adrian Valiant. Conservation architect Philip Orchard oversaw the project. Watch as the team reinforce this vulnerable building in its marine environment, creating "a strong face towards the sea and the weather that comes with it."

 

 

 

Repair Works to North Street in Derbyshire

Situated in the heart of a World Heritage Site, the Grade I listed North Street is the earliest piece of planned industrial housing in the world. Watch Landmark surveyor Stuart Leavy explain why we’ve repaired the front elevation with lime and new stone, and listen to Harry Briddon of local firm H.A Briddon Ltd reflect on the importance of passing on traditional skills to the next generation - like joinery apprentice James and masonry apprentice Adam.

 

 

 

Repairing Tudor Chimneys at Warden Abbey, Bedfordshire

Dating back to 1135, the Warden Abbey we see today is the last surviving fragment of a once great Cistercian Abbey, before it was partially demolished and converted into a country house during the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Lynn Mathias of Mathias Restoration works with his son and colleagues to repair and restore the ornate Tudor chimney and replace in the region of 400 bricks, each crafted by Tony Minter of Bulmer Brick and Tile, one of the last remaining handmade brick firms in the country.

 

You can read more about all our projects here, or Historic England’s documentation of many funded projects here and with the hashtag #UncoverMore on social media.