St Luke’s Church, Hodnet

The soft red sandstone of the Grade I listed chapel had substantially decayed and was being further degraded by masonry bees burrowing into the stone to lay their lava. The repairs required the replacement of whole blocks, in a manner that achieves a balance between conservation and aesthetic needs and aspirations. The tracery to the east window was at risk, due to a decayed hood mould. We carefully repaired the hood mould in a method that has had least impact upon the stained glass and retained the maximum amount of good stone. The repairs have received much local praise.