MEETINGS & VISITS

Meetings are held at:
The Gallery, 77 Cowcross Street, London EC1
Nearest tube: Farringdon
Wine is served from 6.00pm – lectures start at 6.30pm
Non-Members are welcome please pay £5.00 on the door.

We are delighted to announce that we have been included in the list of IHBC Recognised CPD Providers.

ASCHB IN-Person Meeting at The Gallery, Cowcross Street:
Tuesday 10th May 2022 at 6.00pm for a 6.30 pm start

SPAB’S REPAIR PROJECTS: St Andrew’s Chapel, Boxley Abbey Kent and Kibworth Harcourt Windmill, Leics

Matthew Slocombe, Director SPAB & Jonny Garlick, Special Operations SPAB

The SPAB was looking for a project to demonstrate its conservation practice and was offered the chance to buy the Grade II* listed St Andrew’s Chapel, part of the Boxley Abbey site north of Maidstone. It building had been unoccupied since 1973 when the M2 was opened nearby. In purchasing St Andrews in 2018 SPAB embarked on a five-year project to repair this characterful medieval building whilst showcasing the very best conservation methods and materials, to demonstrate conservation practice from burning limestone to make quick lime to making new roof tiles as well as a non-interventionist approach to structural repairs. It was decided to manage the project in house working with Malcolm Fryer Architects, structural engineers and archaeologists. 3D survey of the mill by Terra Measurement allowed the complex structure to be understood. Using in-house project management is has been possible to appoint contractors as needed for different works and to use donated materials and volunteering for some of the work. Going forward an issue is how to reduce the impact of the M2 on the environment in and around the building.

Kibworth Harcourt Mill was gifted to SPAB in 1936.This post mill dating from 1711 is a Scheduled Monument and a Grade II* listed building, it was in need of a major repair programme. To understand the mill a full engineering report by Naomi Hutton, a 3D survey of the mill by Terra Measurement, micro drilling of the main post, a bat survey and an investigation of the graffiti by buildings archaeologist were undertaken. Works commenced in Autumn 2021 to return the mill to full working order with millwrights, Dorothea Restorations appointed. Their major work was to lift up the body of the mill onto a trestle for repairs to be done on the main post.

Link to SPAB Kibworth Harcourt Mill Project

We are intending to record this talk and make it available at a later date.

This event is free to members, non-members are asked to pay £5 at the door or through Eventbrite  HERE who make a small charge for the service.