Brendan is a master in keeping Hall standing

Conservation Mason Brendan Teasdale at Seaton Delaval Hall.'REF 2007141332
Conservation Mason Brendan Teasdale at Seaton Delaval Hall.'REF 2007141332

A master stonemason is being brought in to help keep a popular visitor attraction in south east Northumberland standing.

The National Trust is bringing in Brendan Teasdale to help with the next stage of their project to keep Seaton Delaval Hall standing.

Brendan will spend two weeks at the historic Hall carving a piece of cornice stone, measuring four foot by five foot, before it is craned into place.

The trust discovered that the huge cornice stone was broken earlier this year after the hall was covered in scaffolding and masons got up close to the stonework.

Justine James, operations manager for the National Trust, said: “This is a really exciting step in the work we’re doing with Burridge and Teamforce Restoration to consolidate the Hall.

“It will go a long way towards stabilising the stonework, helping to keep the building standing, and also gives people the chance to see real heritage skills in action.”

Stonemasons discovered that the base part of the stone is completely broken off, and the top part badly cracked in several places.

Brendan said: “The cornice piece had already been pinned to no avail.

“It could not be repaired in situ so the decision was made to take it out in pieces, and replace with new stone.

“The new cornice will be carved from a block weighing about 850 kilos, which gives an idea of how big the stonework in the hall is.”

To see the work in action, visit Seaton Delaval Hall until August 7.