Burnham-On-Sea was mentioned in the will of King Alfred as a royal domain, so its history goes way back to Saxon times. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book, which attributes ownership to someone simply called Walter. Over the years, the weather has hit Burnham hard on occasions. In 1607, the town had its own tsunami, which flooded land up to 20 miles inland, drowning 29 people in surrounding towns and villages. By the early 19th century, Burnham had become a very popular seaside resort, attracting many visitors to its charming promenade and sandy beaches. Then in March 1897, a south westerly gale blew up the Bristol Channel, bringing with it not only extremely heavy seas, but also heavy snow. The Norwegian barque, SS Normen was forced onto the Berrow Sands and floundered there. its wreck can still be seen today.
With historic buildings in and around the town, some national monuments, some still in use, owned privately or by the local council, we often find ourselves called on in the Burnham on Sea area to ensure that when the grime from traffic, bird fouling, general day to day soiling or even graffiti is removed from a treasured building, there is no damage to the often delicate stonework beneath.
From removal of old paint for a domestic redecoration project, or the intricate cleaning of stone work in a cathedral using the poultice method, you will find that wherever you are in Burnham on Sea or Somerset, you will get a quick response, highly competitive quotation and thorough cleaning from DJ Cooper. Our number is shown above, or if you prefer to send us an email, simply click in the header of any page.
Photo from Featured Project near Burnham on Sea, Somerset
Torc Cleaning of Stone Capitals - The Result
This sequence of three images shows these weathered stone capitals before (showing carbon tarnish), during Torc cleaning, and after Torc cleaning.
They arrived in fairly poor condition, being heavily tarnished with carbon from airborne pollution over many years. The surfaces were also fairly fragile, so any aggressive cleaning techniques were out of the question.
The Torc system was chosen for this job as it cleans thoroughly yet gently, using a combination of air pressure, a little water and some granulate abrasives. The key to success is in choosing the right abrasive medium for the type of stone in question, from the options of calcite, dolomite and util.
As shown in the final (after image) the carbon has been effectively removed while retaining the patina of the stone.
If you face similar cleaning challenges and need to preserve the material to be cleaned, give our specialist team a call, or click in the header of any page to send us an email. We will be happy to quote for any or all of your building conservation needs.