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St Lawrence Jewry Memorial Fountain

A small selection of images taken during the restoration and rebuilding of the St Lawrence Jewry Memorial Fountain.

Harris Digital recorded the project for the City of London Corporation

Images by John Harris © Harris Digital Productions

Gabriel
Gabriel trimming in a crocket
Alan with one of the flower panels
Alan with one of the flower panels
Jim attaching the hoist to the lewis pins ready to lift a stone into position
Jim attaching the hoist to the lewis pins ready to lift a stone into position
Bringing a stone into line with its neighbours using a rubber mallet
Bringing a stone into line with its neighbours using a rubber mallet
Pointing the joint between the shield course and the carved string
Pointing the joint between the shield course and the carved string
The finishing touches
The finishing touches

Restoring the Tower Bridge Walkways

A small selection of images taken during the restoration of  Tower Bridge in 2010

Harris Digital recorded the project for the City of London Corporation

Images by John Harris © Harris Digital Productions

Removing the defective Top Coat from under the West Walkway of Tower Bridge
Removing the defective Top Coat from under the West Walkway of Tower Bridge
Steve, removing the defective Top Coat
Steve, removing the defective Top Coat
Inside the cradle under the West Walkway
Inside the cradle under the West Walkway
Applying the blue finishing coat to the West Walkway
Applying the blue finishing coat to the West Walkway
The ALPS Space Frame platform under the West Walkway of Tower Bridge
The ALPS Space Frame platform under the West Walkway of Tower Bridge
Removing the defective Top Coat from under the West Walkway
Removing the defective Top Coat from under the West Walkway
The Side Access Cradle
The Side Access Cradle

Carving the Beasts of St George’s

In 2004-05, Harris Digital documented the recreation of four massive stone beasts for the World Monuments Fund (Britian).

These extraordinary sculptures were recreated and restored to St George’s in Bloomsbury by the Cambridge based Architectural Carvers and Stonemasons, Fairhaven of Anglesey Abbey Ltd (now Fairhaven and Woods Ltd).

Below is just a small sample of images taken during the carving process. To ensure we captured as much of the project as possible, we made additional site visits at our own cost.

Harris Digital Productions filmed the whole process, from the model making, carving and the 72 stone sections which were assembled around the spire of the church.

Images by John Harris © Harris Digital Productions

Tim Crawley carving the lions head
Tim Crawley carving the Lions head
Paul carving one of the unicorns legs
Paul, carving with a chishel, powered by pneumatic hammers.
Paul carving the unicorns head
Roughing out at a later stage
The Lion's Claws
The Lion’s Claws
Historian and BBC television presenter Dan Cruickshank makes a site visit during the installation
Historian and BBC television presenter Dan Cruickshank admiring the beasts during the installation at St George’s Bloomsbury

Rebuilding Temple Bar in the City of London

Stonemasons rebuilding Sir Christopher Wren’s Temple Bar Gateway in the City of London on 23 August 2004.

At a cost of just over £3.0m – funded by the City of London along with donations from the Temple Bar Trust and several Livery Companies – the reconstruction of Temple Bar on a site next to St Paul’s Cathedral was completed in November 2004.

You can learn more about Temple Bar on our project website:  www.thetemplebar.info

Images by John Harris © Harris Digital Productions

Rebuilding Temple Bar in the City of London

Jos cleaning the Monument

The specialist cleaner takes care when Jos cleaning small areas on the Cibber relief during the restoration  of the Monument on the 8th July 2008.

You can learn more about the restoration of the Monument on our dedicated project website at www.themonument.info

Harris Digital recorded the project for the City of London Corporation

Image by John Harris © Harris Digital Productions

The specialist cleaner takes care when Jos cleaning small areas on the Cibber relief - 08-07-2008

The first stone of Temple Bar is dismantled

Another important date was added to the history of London’s most famous gateway, when the first stone of Temple Bar was carefully dismantled on 13 October 2003.

The first stone of Temple Bar is dismantled
Each stone is numbered and placed on a pallet which is covered with protective softening. The old mortar which was used to fix the stones into position is removed by the stone masons. The pallets are then lowered by a fork lift truck and then shrink-wrapped before being selectively placed within the compound of the site.

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