St John's Church
Paye Stonework and Restoration
Smith Square, London
St. John’s, Smith Square, in the heart of Westminster, is one of London’s major concert venues and favourite historic buildings. Valued for its superb acoustic, it presents an extremely varied programme of classical music throughout the concert season, ranging from choirs and symphony orchestras to solo instrumental recitals.
Built in 1728, St. John’s is one of the finest examples of English Baroque architecture and is considered a masterpiece of this style. St. John’s has been dubbed ‘Queen Anne’s Footstool’ due to a legend that the architect, Thomas Archer, consulted Queen Anne on the design of the new church. In reply the monarch petulantly kicked over her footstool and snapped ‘like that!’ Thus the four towers are said to give the building the semblance of an upturned footstool.
Paye Stonework were appointed as main contractor to provide the scaffold, clean, conserve and repair the external fabric of the building. Repairs included removal of damaged, fractured Portland stone, cleaning, treatment and replacement of exposed corroded iron cramps. Re-pointing, new lead capping and decoration.