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Holy Trinity Church, High Hurstwood, East Sussex

Contractor: Stevens Brothers, Crowborough
Architect:

Derrick Phillips, Stroud, Kent

Material: W.T. Lamb & Sons Wealden Sussex Sandstone


Lambs received an enquiry from Stevens Brothers in July 2004 for the supply of stone for an extension to this Grade I listed church. The church was built in 1871 largely due to the generosity of Lady Vernon-Harcourt, daughter of the Earl of Liverpool and dedicated on Trinity Sunday 1872.

Holy Trinity Church is Perpendicular in style, i.e. English Gothic with strong vertical lines of tracery, and it was stressed that the extension should be a better stone match than previous work. The new work was to include new windows and a Gothic door surrounds as well as coursed walling stone.

The initial order for coursed walling with axed finish was received in September to be cut from the Sussex Wealden Building Grade blocks and delivered in November 2004. The window surround was ordered in Sussex Wealden Sandstone Top Grade to match the finer stone used on the original church and was delivered in January 2005. While this work was being carried out the new Gothic Door surround was being drawn up and detailed in Wealden Top Grade and the stone prepared for delivery in late January 2004.

All the stone was delivered in accordance with the schedule and as can be seen on the photographs is a very good match for the original especially considering there was one hundred and thirty five year gap in the building work.

Lambs are proud of their ability to supply Wealden Sussex Sandstone which maintains the vernacular architecture of the south-east of England and look forward to completing many more similar projects.

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Lambs production drawings for the Wealden Sussex Sandstone required at Holy Trinity Church.

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Original Wealden Sussex Sandstone window surround with chamfered detail.

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Lambs replacement Wealden Sussex Sandstone window surround – an identical match to the original on site.

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Lambs replacement Wealden Sussex Sandstone an indistinguishable match to the original stone.

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This example of Wealden Sussex Sandstone is precisely cut to blend with the original. over the months to come the stone will weather to form a perfect match.




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