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Conservation -Gothic (1190-1485)

The Gothic period 1190-1485

The ‘Gothic’ period is considered to have emerged in 1190 and covers a period of approximately 300 years. It is used to encompass Early English, Decorated and Perpendicular architecture which was in broad terms a move away from the defensive, functional nature of the Romanesque. It opened up buildings to create light and a feeling of space and has a much greater focus on intricate decoration. The pointed arch and flying buttress are the greatest defining physical characteristics of gothic architecture which together allowed buildings to grow significantly taller by transferring accumulated building weights and in turn dramatically altered the style of English architecture (particularly significant in relation to ecclesiastical architecture)

Experience in Cathederals and Churches...

PAYE have comprehensive experience of working on buildings from this period; particularly ecclesiastical works, from large scale Cathedrals to smaller parish churches. We offer advisory support to clients and where required employ both preventative and remedial techniques to safeguard the survival materials

Experienced Craftspeople...

PAYE Conservation believe it is imperative that only craftspeople who are experienced with traditional materials should ever undertake a repair in a building (or on an object) of historical significance.We always ensure that all works are extensively documented in both photographic and annotated forms; before, during and after any intervention (to provide a greater understanding of the building/objects chronology for the future). This can prove invaluable in developing and maintaining an associated archive


    PAYE Completed Projects

    Listed below are some Conservation Projects completed by PAYE Conservation. Clicking on a project will take you to a further larger image of an aspect of the project

    Hardham Priory
    Southwark Cathedral

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