Angel in York stone

I’ve been carving another bas-relief anglel in Woodkirk stone. It is in quite bold relief as my client wanted it be be as statuesque as possible. Here’s a quick video and a few pictures. It was fun. It will be installed in a couple of weeks time, in Thrandeston, near Diss, but over the border into Suffolk.

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Oulton Church floor plaques

I recently installed a headstone in Oulton churchyard, near Blickling in Norfolk. I found some reather nice plaques in the floor – nothing particularly unusual but really nice lettering, There are a lot of these dark plaques in church floors, and you might think they are slate on first impressions but it is some kind of limestone. It reminds me of Kilkenny limestone or Frosterley ‘marble’ and also Belgian Black. If anyone knows let me know! I love the lettering on these:ImageImageImageImage

I also saw a really old brass plaque from the mid-late 17th century. I love seeing how the spellings have changed over the YEARES:

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HERE LAYE EDMVND BELL – AND KATHERIN HIS WIFE- WHOE THIRTY SIX YEARES – DID LIVE MAN AND WIFE – THAY HAD THREE SONNS – AND DAVGHTERE THREE – FAR WILL (farewell) OVR FREINDS ALL IN – HEAVEN WE HOPE TO SEE 1636.

I rather liked this too:

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Dalton church progress

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My assistant Dan and I returned to Norfolk yesterday after spending four long days on site working on the wall. This time we worked on the lettering along the top “ALLELUIA! MAY FIGHTS OF ANGELS SING THEE TO THY REST” and also recessing the two blank panels ready for the inscription of names and dates for those whose ashes will be interred there. The next phase is going to be to create kerbing around the whole area which will mark out the plots, and make a section of paving in front of the wall. This will incorporate a trench for flowers. Hopefully the whole project will be completed next spring.ImageImageImage

Dalton update

Here are a few more pictures of  the wall, taken last week. The rubble infill is there now and I am returning next week to carve an inscription in the coping stones, which went in earlier this week. I am excited to see how it looks with these finishing touches…………ImageImageImageImage

Dalton Church progress

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I went to site today to help lift the 5 large panels into place. Harry Beverley and his team were brilliant. The walling is going to be finished soon and the coping will go on next Monday. It is exciting to see the whole project coming together now. I’ll be working on site for a few days carving lettering into the coping, and starting the left hand blank panel which will be inscribed with the names as and when there are new burials of ashes.ImageImage