Apprentices work on Chimney piece for The Georgian Society – February 2017

The Worshipful Company of Masons support trainees from across the South to take part in a stonemasonry display at the Weald and Downland Museum at Singleton, just outside Chichester. We were approached by Russell Taylor Architects to provide a new Chimney piece for the entrance hall to the Georgian Society building in Fitzroy Square, Fitzrovia, London. The stone, Portland Base Bed, was kindly donated by Albion Stone. The trainees, Will Lovell and Emma Sheridan of Chichester Stoneworks, Alex Waddle of Winchester Cathedral, Joe Milne of Exeter Cathedral and Andrew Smith, who works in conservation and restoration in the West Country, all took part in working the stone at weekends through November and December at the Weald and Downland Museum (and at Chichester Stoneworks’ bankershop when the weather turned bad). Supported by Lee Saunders and Adam Stone they installed the piece in one very hard day’s work on the 14th January this year.

We took on Chichester Stoneworks’ second apprentice Emma Sheridan last year. Will Lovell our Third Year apprentice was awarded the UK Skills first prize at the Stone awards on 2nd December. They both won first prize for their year in the Worshipful Company of Masons Boss Stone competition at Weymouth College and both of them also became Young Georgians with the Georgian Society for their part in the installation of a new fireplace in the Georgian Society building in Fitzroy Square.