Every now and then a remarkable project crops up for us. The refurbishment of Dinton Castle by Jimmy and Mimi Fernandez was just such a project, and Stoneworld are very proud to be associated with it.
Rob Parker, Stoneworld business owner, recalls being invited onto site in the Spring of 2017, where he first met Jimmy Fernandez and the local Conservation Officer.
Rob had been asked to look at the ruined remains of Dinton Castle to help identify the remaining building stone and recommend a sensitive and suitable building material to rebuild the castle with.
Dinton Castle had been built in 1760, and after a disastrous fire in the 1800s had, during the next century fallen into complete ruins.
Stoneworld Advised Stone Selection
Rob recommended Purbeck stone which has mellow yellow and grey tones. It is also available in a number of formats which helped the rebuild to be undertaken sensitively.
Jimmy came on site at Stoneworld’s base in Great Milton Oxfordshire, to inspect the stone before making his final decision, and brought the Grand Designs TV crew with him!
As you will see on film, Jimmy enthused about Rob’s suggested Purbeck stone, and our involvement was sealed.
We supplied Purbeck stone in 3 sizes: large rockery, dry walling, and 4 inch on bed. When mixed and used randomly together Jimmy was able to realistically match the original 18th Century building style of the castle.
Our involvement did not end there!!
Stoneworld Masonry Cutting & Carving Services were very useful on this project
Jimmy is attuned to modern day methods of building conservation and architecture, and in Rob he found a kindred spirit when he discovered Stoneworld’s investment in robot technology. In our masonry workshop we have a stone cutting robot, StoneGenie, which is capable of intricate stone carving using 360 degree flexibility. It can replicate perfect copies of stone from computer programmed design.
Our expertise in modern masonry methods was put to good use. Go to our masonry services section here>>
Kevin McLoud paid a visit to our masonry workshop and viewed StoneGenie in action.
For the Dinton Castle project StoneGenie produced 30 identical replacement windowsills to the original design.
It also carved the intricately designed replacement string course which wraps around the building following the contours of the building.
Finally, we were able to reproduce the decorative stone coping stones on the roof turrets.
It has been fantastic to be involved in such a high profile project, especially as it has involved a building which so many local people hold dear to their hearts.
Dinton Castle has now been completely restored by Jimmy and Mimi who have made it their home with their 2 small boys. View their website here>>
If you require specialist help with a masonry project, please call us on 01844 279274 to discuss your requirements. We are always happy to help, often devising innovations in stone for our customers where we can.