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DJ Cooper Building Conservation in & around Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
Ross-on-Wye in south Herefordshire is a thriving market town. St Mary's Church spire has shaped the skyline of Ross-on-Wye for over 700 years, with a stark reminder of the execution of Sir Walter Raleigh in its churchyard. The ancient Celtic name for the area is much cuter, it was called Eyngig, or The Land of the Hedgehog.
Perched dramatically above the River Wye, Ross is the southern gateway to Herefordshire, the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean and the dramatic Symonds Yat. Hailed as the birthplace of modern tourism, Ross-on-Wye was central to the 18th Century Reverend Gilpin spotting a great opportunity and then establishing The Picturesque Wye Tour., it's no surprise that Ross on Wye has long been a magnet for visitors.
There's much to see in and around the town, like the 17th Century Market House in the very centre of Ross. Like all the historic buildings in the area, it is used and still hosts twice weekly markets beneath its sandstone arches. There is a statue in honour of the 'Man of Ross', Sir John Kyrle, who was a 17th Century Philanthropist. Ross brought clean water and clean feet to Ross on Wye when he built a causeway from the river crossing to the town.
One of the oldest buildings in the area is Godric's Castle now known as the English Heritage site, Goodrich Castle. Finished in 1095 it stands on a wooded hill which would have afforded control over passage of the River Wye in the valley of Symonds Yat and beyond. These feudal lords knew a thing or two about making sure nobody moved without their say-so.
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 Ross-on-Wye 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 Ross-on-Wye or Herefordshire, 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 Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
Torc Cleaning of Stone Capitals - Cleaning in Progress
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.
Building Conservation, including Cleaning of: Services Provided in:
- Masonry, Brickwork & Concrete
- Wood (Beams & Patios)
- Ferrous Metal & Some Non-Ferrous Metals
- To remove:
- Graffiti - promptly and carefully
- Smoke damage
- Bird droppings
- Air pollution residues
- Organic matter (slime and moss)