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.

Architectural Timeline

We’ve broken down ‘Conservation’ into time periods to make it easy to navigate around our website. Simply click a time period below to explore our approach to conservation within the various periods and view projects we’ve completed…

Featured Project – Hardham Priory

Hardham Priory Ruins date from the mid 13th Century and are classified as a scheduled ancient monument. The masonry, which had been left without any attention for many years had also suffered from fire damage in 1912, requiring some rather major, but sensitive conservation. The PAYE conservators initially completed poultice cleaning followed by the stabilisation to the ruins using the insertion of micro pins, gravity grouting to fill voids in the walling and the application of mortars to help prevent water traps. On completion of the consolidating repairs, lime water and shelter coats were applied to protect the mortars further. Sections of wall found to be structurally unstable, were carefully dismantled and rebuilt using salvaged materials. Bishop Waltham Palace