Gargoyles - Westminster Abbey

Gargoyles and gothic foliage.


The chapter house, Westminster Abbey was first built in 1250’s and in 1257 housed Britain’s first parliament. In the 19th century the chapter house was renovated by Sir George Gilbert Scott. By the 21st century the building was in need of restoration. The contract to carry out the work was awarded to Nimbus conservation, who asked me to replace the missing elements of gargoyles and some of the ornamental gothic foliage. I studied other buildings by Gilbert Scott and looked at late medieval gargoyles on French cathedrals to produce some designs that I then worked on with the Nimbus team and the architect to the project Barry Stowe RIBA.