Master craftsmen and women are at work at Salisbury Cathedral.
Two of the stonemasonry team, head mason Lee Andrews and apprentice stonemason Elle-Louise Baldwin, were given awards for excellence within days of each other.
Lee received The Worshipful Company of Masons’ Journeyman Craftsman Certificate Award from Lord Mayor of the City of London, Peter Estlin, at The Carpenters Hall, London, on March 11. It is one of the highest from the Worshipful Company of Masons given to qualified masons with a minimum of 10 years’ experience, who can show they work with, and mentor, junior stonemasons.
Ella was given the Stonemasonry Apprentice of the Year award by, and at, Weymouth College.
Lee joined the Cathedral in 2003 and became Head Mason in 2013. Since then, he earned a Cathedrals’ Workshop Fellowship (CWF) Foundation degree course in ecclesiastical stonemasonry, validated by the University of Gloucester.
Ella-Louise said: “I was thrilled to receive the award. It has been exciting year, learning a completely new skill. While my art degree prepared me for making and planning work, I have had to learn about stone and stone-carving from scratch, particularly the heritage craft skills practiced here. Fortunately, the works yard team are awesome and always willing to help.”
To learn more about the Cathedral works yard and the work of our stonemasons and tour with a specially trained guide, details on website: www.salisburycathedral.org.uk/visit-tower-tours/stonemasonry-works-yard-tours. To book a group tour contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01722 555120.