Monument to Sir William Dormer

A canopy tomb monument to Sir William Dormer and his family; built in 1590

The whole monument was heavily soiled with surface and ingrained dirt. Black 'marble' roundels and the inscription tablets were bloomed. The lettering and some of the polychromy was fragile or missing. Old cleaning tests were present in several areas (front view) of the monument.

Many alabaster sections were broken and needed reattachment. Some were missing. The shaft of the proper right column contained areas of delaminating and missing stone. There were several areas of missing pointing. Some areas of architectural details were broken, chipped and damaged as a result of accidental damage. The double arch above contained areas of past treatments. There was a visible old repair on the proper right foot of the male effigy. The hands of the female effigy were damaged and misshapen which was visually disfiguring. All four weepers had their original hands missing; three of them contained later replacements.

The surface cleaning was undertaken in several stages to ensure a gradual process that was the most sympathetic to the different materials and polychromy of the monument. Further surface and structural treatments were undertaken where appropriate.


All Saints Church, Wing

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Before treatment
After treatment