The quality of work on the recreation of the Lion and Unicorn Sculptures for St. George Bloomsbury has been recognised in a number of prestigious
The Beasts of Bloomsbury
The Restoration of the Lion and Unicorn Sculptures of St George’s, Bloomsbury
Selected by the World Monuments Fund as one of the hundred most endangered sites of global architectural significance, money was raised for its restoration, principally as a result of a generous initial donation by the Paul Mellon Fund which funded the essential structural repairs.
But perhaps the most remarkable and unusual aspect of the restoration is the replacement of the four monumental sculptures that originally clustered around the base of the spire.
In 1871 the four lions and unicorns that originally clung to the base of the highly distinctive stepped spire at St. George’s had to be removed due to their dangerous dereliction.
As part of the restoration, these extraordinary sculptures have been recreated and restored to the building.
The Cambridge based Architectural Carvers and Stonemasons, Fairhaven of Anglesey Abbey Ltd (now Fairhaven Stone Ltd), were selected to undertake this unique project, headed by the Sculptor Tim Crawley who in 1998 carved the Modern Martyrs for Westminster Abbey.
The most complex part of the restoration of St. George’s reaches its final stage as the first stone carving is fixed into position on the
Fairhaven of Angelsey Abbey start work on preparing the spire for the four new beasts.
The restoration work at St. George’s Church, Bloomsbury, London comprises full stone repair and light cleaning to the external envelope, the reinstatement of stone steps