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Finial Replacement

Wotton House faced the challenge of removing and replacing 4 damaged finials that had adorned the house for many years. The finials were originally very detailed and the owner required them to be accurately recreated with their original features.

The Challenge

Four 8 foot finials located on the parapet at Wotton House had become cracked and eroded to the point where they were no longer safe.

Due to their exposed position and the passage of time the finials had become reduced to a mere essence of what they had once been with much of the detail damaged or totally lost.

Whilst planning the restoration project the owner had difficulty in finding a firm with the ability to remove the finials and a firm with the skilled craftsmen to recreate them. 

Our Approach

Working from one of the damaged features our design team created scaled drawings of the finial and it's detail.

A number of techniques were employed by our team to create a full size model that replicated every aspect of the finial. We recreated two types of pineapple pinnacle (one open and one closed), deeply undercut swags, botanically styled scrolls and precision repeat patterns.

Using the model we crafted a mould from which we created beautiful hand cast replacement finials. 

the Completed Project

The removal and replacement of the finials was a significant challenge for the Owner of Wotton House.

The Estate Manager came up with an ingenious solution for the lowering of the finials and Cranborne Stone was selected to recreate them due to our experience and expertise in this field.

Our cast stone and our mould design proved to be the perfect combination to recreate to a high standard the fine detail of the finials.

The new finials are now sit on the parapet at Wotton House to be enjoyed by all. We were delighted when this restoration project was recognised with an award from the Historic Houses Association.