A series of photos recording the restoration of walling & a light well on the base of the Grade I Listed Sir John Soanes’ church St Johns on Bethnal Green.
The condition of the brickwork before work started is plain to see. The soil was first dug out to allow access to the brickwork. Next, the decayed material was carefully removed and when sound material had been reached, the circular work was rebuilt using a multi stock brick which matched the original church pedestal bricks in size, colour & texture, perfectly. The adjacent walls were repointed in the same lime mortar specification that the circular work was built in.
A stone capping would be added later.
This Georgian era wall had suffered from the effects of modern cement pointing and neglect. The lime mortar joints had eroded to a point where intervention was necessary. Numerous bricks had lost their faces and the air bricks had been bricked up.
A sample of the brick & mortar was taken and matches identified. Decayed material was then removed across the complete elevation which was then washed out with clean water. Replacement bricks were then inserted and the whole pointed with an NHL 3.5 lime mortar with a textured finish. New wrought iron air vents were the final touch.
This elevation of a Georgian building had suffered from many modern modern interventions. The quoin shown had been repaired with cement and the decay so advanced that it was necessary to remove the decayed material, tooth it and ready for repair. A matching purpose made Georgian brick was used with an NHL 3.5 Lime mortar.
The completed quoin repair.