Stone Masonry Repairs Underway at Ludlow Buttercross
Mayor of Ludlow, Cllr Tim Gill said, ‘The Town Council is delighted that Stone Mason, Oliver Preece began work at the Buttercross last week. Oliver installed a decorative stone section to repair the ornamental base on Monday the 5th of October 2020, and will continue working on site for the rest of the week.’
The temporary bottle jack inserted to ensure stability will remain in place throughout the careful removal of loose damaged Grinshill stone sections. Other works on-site include a reworking of damaged dressed stone sections and insertion of a further three finely dressed Grinshill stone blocks.
The majority of the damage was caused when a large lorry hit the Buttercross in the early hours of the 6th of August 2020. However, 2020 has not been a great year for the building, in February the arris on the stonework was damaged from the plinth for about 8 feet, and stone mortar will be used to make these repairs.
The Buttercross is a grade I listed building, and all the materials and methods including the traditional lime mortar have required approval from Shropshire Council’s Buildings Conservation Officer.
When the lorry struck the building in August, a structural engineer and Shropshire Council building control advised a road closure to prevent any further vehicular damage to the corner of the building.
It is estimated that works will be completed by Friday 16th of October 2020. Once the repairs are complete, the seven day a week road closure on King Street will revert to the original closure on Fridays and Saturdays.
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