Anne Boleyn Gatehouse
Why this project?
When Cardinal Wolsey began constructing his magnificent palace on the Thames in the 16th century, he chose to build in fashionable and expensive red brick, rather than stone.
The huge, gold astronomical clock was later installed by Henry VIII and remains one of the most significant late medieval clocks in Europe.
The Anne Boleyn Gatehouse is one of the best preserved Tudor gatehouses in the country.
Scheduled project works
Timings: July 2007 - May 2008
Issues to address:
• Previous brickwork repairs in the 19th century, including re-pointing the brickwork in a hard mortar containing black ash, mean that the building cannot ‘breathe’
• Areas of paint and gilding are flaking off the surface of the astronomical clock dials
• Removing of the black ash mortar and re-pointing in a softer lime mortar
• Replacing bricks with ones that have been handmade in the traditional manner
• Dismantling and restoring the astronomical clock mechanism and dials
For more detailed information on this project, including images, please download the Adobe PDF document below.
Other building projects
Click on the links below to view profiles of some of our other building projects for 2007-8
- Beauchamp Tower, Tower of London
- Bloody Tower, Tower of London
- Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace
- Decorative chimneys, Hampton Court Palace
- Reigate stone, Tower of London
- Tiltyard Tower, Hampton Court Palace
- Tudor brickwork, Hampton Court Palace
Learn about conservation
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