Heritage Surveys was appointed to act as lead project managers and contract administrators for the external repair to Reigate stone masonry to the Lovekyn Chapel, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey.
The Lovekyn Chapel dates back to 1309 and is the only remaining free-standing chantry chapel in England. The Chapel was given to Kingston Grammar School by Queen Elizabeth I in 1561.
It is widely acknowledged in building conservation that Reigate is a ‘problem’ stone, which is unusually challenging in terms of deterioration and remedial work. Reigate stone was widely used in royal buildings from the 11th to the 16th centuries, but survives to a limited extent externally due in part to its poor weathering characteristics. Fragmentary masonry remains exist at Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace, Winchester Palace and the Tower of London. It is unusual for external Reigate stone masonry of this date to survive to the extent visible on the Lovekyn Chapel.