What’s Happening At Holme Lacy?

All the Mono Masonry team are very proud and excited to be working on the prestigious manor house Holme Lacy.

Background

Holme Lacy House is a Grade I listed late 17the Century manor house, the largest of its kind in Herefordshire and said to be inspired by French chateaux. A house has stood in its position since the reign of King Henry VIII, and it is likely that the current building still has parts of the original
house hidden within its walls.

The house, as with many grand English houses, has been altered a number of times over the years, with each owner creating additions and alterations to their own tastes and designs.

As with many historic houses, well-meaning repairs have been completed over the years, but not all of these repairs were appropriate, many causing further damage to the stonework.

Mono Masonry Ltd. has been asked to survey and repair the building, to help restore it to it’s former glory and to protect it for future generations.

What We Are Doing

Holme Lacy House is primarily built from a mixture of Bath limestone and a red sandstone. The Bath limestone is the honey/cream coloured stone used for the window and door surrounds and the balustrading, and the sandstone makes up the main ashlar walls.

The lighter patches on the walls show where previous repairs have been made in the form of cement render.

The first phase of repair includes works to the Bath limestone balustrades which were added in the 19th Century. Over the years the iron fixings that were used to construct the balustrading have rusted, and subsequently expanded, causing the soft limestone to crack. This is a common problem found with historic iron fixings and stonework.

Balustrade Repairs

The balustrading at Holme Lacy was originally fixed into place using iron fixings. Over the years these fixings have rusted and a large proportion of the bottles have cracked as a result. Some past repairs have been completed, replacing original bottles with concrete alternatives.

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