Conservation - Romanesque (450-1190)

The Romanesque period 450-1190

The ‘Romanesque’ period describes architecture based on earlier Roman principles and can be considered in this context to cover both Anglo Saxon and Norman architecture. It is generally accepted to run from around 450AD through to around 1190 when the Gothic style started to emerge. It is typified by a feeling of permanence and security through defence; with the use of sturdy thick walling, round arches with robust piers and large towers. Symmetry was key with each building having clearly defined forms with almost simplistic detailing, enhanced only by the use of geometric decoration. The style can be identified right across Europe, despite variance in regional characteristics and the use of differing materials

Our Works related to this period…

PAYE have undertaken a range of works to buildings from this period, from non-invasive surveying through to remedial conservation. Our work includes examples of purist conservation to statuary, through to the maintenance of ruinous material (including the reinstatement of soft capping repairs and repointing)

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 – St Albans Cathederal

PAYE Conservation have completed a number of projects at the Cathedral spanning many years. Most recently they completed a condition survey on a medieval sculpture thought to be Norman prior to its loan to The Tower of London for an exhibition. This preventative conservation approach included a research project into the objects history, identified earlier repairs and made recommendations for handling and transportation