I was passing New Abbey, near Dumfries, late this afternoon and, just before the light went completely, I stopped to see the preservation work to the tower of Sweetheart Abbey and generally marvel at this wonderful structure.
The work is being carried out by Historic Environment Scotland and has been going on for quite awhile, two years or so from memory. I understand that it is mostly masonry consolidation to make the tower safe. It’s a magnificent ruin and it’s good to see HES taking their time on it.
Further information about the monument, including a heritage statement are here…
Sometimes one needs courage in conservation because great buildings can lead those who conserve them to uncomfortable places.
The post-construction stories of great historic buildings usually involve the gradual removal of distinction and the slow erosion of individuality. The mundane begins to take over. Relatively recent buildings consciously created as works of art, such as those by the Arts & Crafts Movement or the Classical or Gothic Revival can suffer the most. Older structures have much more complex histories with many phases and are therefore somewhat different. Continue reading “Conserving a Great Building – Unusual heritage values”
It’s getting near the starling murmuration season at the Leighton Moss RSPB reserve in Silverdale, Lancashire. The starlings seem to be practising low flypasts for the December crowds that come to watch them.
I was just passing St. Augustine’s, my old church, when doing planning application site visits and couldn’t resist a photo. St. Augustine’s is a lovely grade II listed Edwardian church. It displays many of the qualities of that exceptional architectural era. Huncoat is one of the oldest settlements of Hyndburn Borough being recorded in the Domesday Book and still having a medieval manor hall. However, until St. Augustine’s was built, it never had a church, deferring to nearby Altham or Church Kirk in that regard.