Simon Swann Associates

Simon Swann Associates is a firm of architectural conservators based in East Anglia working on sculpture, stone conservation, ornament and fine historic decorative surfaces on historic buildings, churches and monuments. Working across a range of materials including stone, plaster and terracotta, we provide the hand skills and technical knowledge to conserve and restore fine architectural detailing.

Specialist areas


— Stone conservation for sculpture and architectural ornament

— Plaster conservation, including historic ornamental ceilings, stuccos,
and specialist plasters such as oil mastics etc

— The conservation of polychrome and painted surfaces

— Conservation of terracotta, Coade stone and related materials

— Conservation of historic brickwork, cut and guaged brickwork, ornamental brickwork

— Historic lime mortars and their applications

— Flint flushwork conservation, including knapping, pointing and replacement stone

— Reports and investigations for listed building consent, faculty or
similar purposes

— Specialist knowledge of Pulhamite artificial rockwork, Parker’s
Roman cement, and related early cement usage in C19th architecture
and garden landscapes



Sculpture and Architectural Ornament Conservation

Conserving the corbel stones to the alabaster Briant Darcie Monument (d. 1587) in St Osyth Church, Essex.

Briant Darcie Monument, St Osyth Essex. The rebuilt monument allowing the partially remaining section of original corbel carving to be conserved and perform its original function.

Coade stone leaf replacement to coade stone capital.

Ivory Room Ceiling repairs, St Helen’s House, Norwich.


Church Monuments

Conservation and re-erection of Whitaker Monument, St Nicholas Church, Ipswich.

Conservation of Richard Cornwallis Monument at St Peter’s Church, Cretingham, Suffolk.

Architectural Stonework

Dismantling, cleaning, and rebuilding of reredos and lettering repairs to panels.

Conservation trials to Magnesian (Dolomitic) limestone niche.

Ornamental Plasterwork

John Soane ornamental plaster ceiling, conserved on private estate in Norfolk.

Consolidation of surface paint and plasterwork at Watton Church, Norfolk.

Early Cement Stucco

Repairs and conservation of Parker’s Roman Cement Niches ( Hoods and linings) and hood moulds and other early cement detailing at Hainford Church, Norfolk.

Conservation of decorative cast gable panels from the 1890’s in Early Portland Cement ( Wilson Marriage Centre, Colchester).

Grottoes and Garden Ornament

Pulhamite Grotto at Swiss Garden, Bedfordshire.

Conservation and repair of Austin Artificial Stone Ornament.

War Memorials and Churchyard tombs


Shotesham War Memorial

(Nr Norwich)


Works included cleaning stonework, stone indent repair, stone replacement, new letter cutting, and pointing.

Cleaning and Conservation of inscriptions at Castle Hedingham War Memorial (Essex).


Historic Brickwork Conservation


Private House, Long Melford


Conservation of a pencilled brick chimney breast containing two niches with trefoil terracotta arches and a carved lintel.

Wolsey Gate, Ipswich


Conservation of copings and careful consolidation and pointing of ornamental brickwork.

Polychrome and Painted Surfaces

Conservation of Pugin Stencil work on chalk ashlar walls. ( West Tofts Church, Norfolk).

Consolidation of the polychrome on the Richard Cornwallis Monument ( Died 1596), St Peter’s Church, Cretingham Suffolk

Scheduled Ancient Monuments

The Leper Chapel at St Andrew's Church, Dunwich


Conservation of Romanesque window and arcade detailing.

Bishop Salmon’s Porch, Norwich


Conservation of the East Elevation of the porch which is the last standing remains of the early c14th Hall built by Bishop Salmon.



Flint Flushwork

Fingringhoe Church, Essex


Repairs, consolidation, pointing and replacement to flushwork chequer parapet wall.

Helimingham Church Tower


Conservation, repairs and replacement to parapet wall flushwork.

Simon Swann Associates Ltd, 5 West End Corner, Wrentham, Beccles, Suffolk NR34 7NF

Telephone: 01502 676044    Mobile: 07941827310