Malmesbury is the oldest borough in England, a status granted by Alfred the Great in AD 880. Long before Alfred there was a 7th-century castle and monastery here on a hill overlooking the River Avon. The Saxon abbey became a famous centre of scholarship and learning. Aethelstan, the first King of All England defeated an army of Scots to claim that title and did so with the help of many men from Malmesbury. As a result, he granted the status Freeman of Malmesbury to a number of them, to be passed down from father to son or son in law. Along with the title, this band of just 280 members, sometimes called "the most exclusive club in the world", title to 600 hides of land south of the town was shared. A "hide" of land was the area considered adequate to support a family at the time. It is rougly equivalent to 30 modern acres. Much of that original 1800 acre gift is still farm land, although the connection between modern freemen and those who actually fought with Aethelstan may be less clear, the spirit is still there. It is fascinating to talk over this and other aspects of history with farmers when we visit Malmesbury to provide:<br /><br />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 Malmesbury 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.<br /><br />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 Malmesbury or Wiltshire, 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 Malmesbury, Wiltshire
Before and After Images of Superheated Steam Graffiti Removal
This doorway and arch were cleaned to remove graffiti and traffic film using the Therma TEC superheated steam method.<br /><br />Whilst being highly effective at removing the paint and years of accumulated grime, this system is very gentle on the underlying stone, so can be used even on fairly soft stone surfaces.<br /><br />Whatever your cleaning problem, we have a method that will clean effectively while preserving the substrate of material, as well as many years of experience in getting outstanding results, so give us call on the number shown or click in the header of any page to send an email.