07 Oct St Mary’s Adderbury Award Winning Project
‘The imaginative corbels on the north wall of the musicians, the lovely late perpendicular chancel in the style of the Divinity schools at Oxford, the tower and spire and windows make its exterior about the finest in the country’ – John Betjeman.
A spiritual site since Saxon times, St Mary’s Adderbury is a remarkable church. Rebuilt by the Normans, with early English thirteenth century transepts, decorated fourteenth century tower and steeple, and fifteenth century perpendicular chancel. The reformation and the Civil War both took their toll on the church. In 1866 Sir Gilbert Scott restored the nave, aisles and south transept, and from then on work has been done on the upkeep and conservation of this architectural gem.
HSALtd. were asked to carry out a comprehensive inspection of the spire and the main tower, including the decorated carved corbel details you can see here. The inspection then lead to a phase of works which won an award in the Repair and Restoration category of the Natural Stone Awards 2020.