The Restoration of the Lion and Unicorn Sculptures of St George’s, Bloomsbury

17 December 2007

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 national awards.

14 December 2005

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 north-east corner of the Spire.

1st December 2005

Fairhaven of Angelsey Abbey start work on preparing the spire for the four new beasts.

13 July 2005

The restoration work at St. George's Church, Bloomsbury, London comprises full stone repair and light cleaning to the external envelope

October 2004

Now that the blocks of stone have been boasted i.e. most of the basic waste is removed by the masons, the stone carvers have started the carving process.

October 2004

A temporary scaffolding structure has been erected on one side of the Carving Workshop, to allow for extra space during the carving process and height for when each Beast is assembled.

September 2004

120 tons of Perryfield Whitbed stone from the Isle of Portland in Dorset was delivered to Fairhaven of Anglesey Abbey.

September 2004

As part of our work with the World Monuments Fund in Britain, we visited the quarry on the Isle of Portland to find out more about the stone, which will be used for the carving of the Lions and Unicorns.

June 2004

Stonecarver and Sculptor Tim Crawley, has completed the 1:3 scale models of the Lions and Unicorns.

November 2003

At the stage of the feasibility report it was already recognised that it was necessary to build the sculptures into the actual fabric of the spire.

May 2003

Having been approved by the Architect and Client, they formed the starting point for the next phase of the design process.

January 2003

Although nothing remains of the animals on the fabric of the Church today, there is a fair amount of evidence of various types that allows us to reconstruct their appearance with some accuracy.