Headstone Cleaning Services

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The weather can affect the appearance of headstones over time as the stone becomes discoloured, or the lettering on the gravestone becomes eroded or indistinct. Victor Daly, who is trained in the conservation and restoration of stone will use careful cleaning and repair techniques to restore the grave to a fitting state. This work sometimes involves repairs to damaged headstones or to the kerbing around a graveside.

Restoring Graveyard Monuments

With his substantial experience of conserving and restoring consecrated buildings and stone religious artefacts, Victor is happy to accept commissions to clean and repair graveyard monuments and architecture. For several years, Victor was involved in this kind of work both at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh, and at Barryscourt Castle in Co. Cork.

Headstone Lettering Repair

Over time, the lettering on headstones can become weathered and unclear. Sometimes too, the need arises to add new names or details the gravestone. The practice of adding new information to headstones is becoming a more common practice now that people are researching their family trees, and tracing their geneaologies through public records. Victor can add new details to headstones or repair existing lettering while keeping true to the style of the existing headstone inscription.

Headstone Cleaning Cork

If you would like to get a quotation for headstone cleaning services or repairs, do get in touch for a free consultation and quotation.

Restoring Barryscourt Castle

Victor spent three years working on Barryscourt Castle in east Cork, which is now managed as a historic property by the Office of Public Works.

The castle was originally built in 1206 by the first wave of settlers who came to Ireland with Strongbow. In the years that followed, the castle’s story remained intertwined with the history of colonisation, and the castle’s tower house was added in about 1550. More fortifications were added in the form of a ‘bawn’ or outer wall with three corner towers in Elizabethan times.

The nature of castle construction means that each stage of restoration work must be approached carefully. Each design element needs to remain in keeping with the stonework that surrounds it, and the skills and techniques used to work on one part of the building can be quite distinct from the ones used elsewhere in the same building.

The castle, which is now open to the public, is a great monument to Irish history, and it’s great to see it serving once again as an imposing landmark on the Cork landscape.

Stone Restoration at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh

Stone Restoration at St. Mary's Cathedral

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On behalf of Historic Scotland, Victor carried out extensive stone repair and conservation work at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh.

The building, which dominates the city’s skyline, was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott in the Victorian gothic style, and it has remained the focus of an active faith community since it was first consecrated in 1879.

To ensure that stone-built churches and cathedrals are well-maintained, it’s vital to have in place a programme of stone repairs.

Victor is trained to undertake the sensitive work which ensures that these buildings remain in fine condition, and fit for purpose, in the twenty-first century.