Ellis & Co have an established reputation of excellence in masonry and associated wet trades.

We work with local stone from the time it arrives from the quarry until it is fixed in situ. Once it has arrived at our yard, the stone undergoes sawing, carving and dressing by our specialist staff in our purpose built workshop.

We employ banker masons, fixer masons and bricklayers with specialist heritage skills. They undertake all aspects of masonry including stone carving, tracery work, poultice cleaning, piecing in masonry to building new walls and facades and full restoration work. We prepare specialist mortar mixes under advice from our Director of Conservation. Our work is sometimes visible in the many churches, stately homes and monuments we have repaired across the South West, however, our craftsmen are skillfull at blending repairs with the structure and fabric of the historic buildings that we work with.

Related Case Studies

All Saints Church, Wrington

All Saints Church, Wrington

All Saints Church in Wrington is a Grade I listed Church with 13th century foundations.

Over eight months Ellis and Co completed a full programme of conservation and refurbishment of the masonry and timber internal architecture. Works were specified by Benjamin Beauchamp Architects.

Bramshill House

Bramshill House, Hampshire

Conservation and repair of 17th century roofs and chimneys.

Bramshill House, one of the largest Jacobean mansions in the country, was built in Italian Renaissance style in the early 17th century by Edward la Zouche.  The house was designated a Grade I listed building in 1952. It was used by the Home Office as a Police Staff College between 1960 and its recent sale.

Brickwork at St. Giles House, Wimborne St. Giles

Brickwork at St. Giles House, Wimborne St. Giles

Brickwork conservation and new build.

The brickwork of this elegant Grade I listed renaissance building has been extensively repaired and repointed. Original 17th Century brickwork, and historic repairs, have been blended seamlessly with new materials.

Brook Hall Early Wing - Conservation Repairs

Brook Hall Early Wing - Conservation Repairs

Conservation repairs to the structure roof and masonry has saved this heritage building at risk.

The Grade I listed medieval early wing of Brook Hall was regarded by English Heritage as one of the highest priority Buildings at Risk. It is now no longer on the risk register following repair works by Ellis and Co (Restoration and Building).

Downside Abbey roof, Somerset

Downside Abbey roof, Somerset

Extensive restoration of the Downside Abbey’s metal church roofs.

In preparation for the Abbey’s bicentenary we were commissioned to replace the pitched copper, lead and slate tile roofs of the Grade I listed Abbey Church, restoring them to their former glory. In addition, a fine stained glass windows was repaired and masonry cleaned.

Ellis and Co Masonry Workshop

Ellis and Co Masonry Workshop

Our workshops provide the ideal space for our masons to work.

Our heritage trained masons work in-situ to conserve and repair the fabric of churches, cathedrals and stately homes across the South West and Wales.

Fonthill Abbey, Wiltshire

Fonthill Abbey, Wiltshire

Restore the stonework, install steel supports and lay a new roof.

A Gothic Revival Abbey built in hast by William Beckford between 1796 and 1813. The original Abbey was short lived and demolished in the late 1800s.

Gloucester Cathedral Reordering

Gloucester Cathedral Reordering

Creation of a welcome visitor experience at Gloucester Cathedral

HLF funded Project Pilgrim set out to improve access at Gloucester Cathedral and create a welcoming experience for visitors. The project included both interior and exterior works including roofing and masonry repairs.   

Halsway Manor Repairs

Halsway Manor Repairs

Grade II listed HLF funded repairs. Roofing, structural, electrical, plumbing and redecoration.

Ellis and Co were principle contractor in the repair of this manor’s historic fabric, including repairing the roofs, windows, doors, replacing electrical and plumbing, and redecorating.   

Holy Trinity Church, Bradford on Avon

Holy Trinity Church, Bradford on Avon

Church re-ordering including masonry, joinery, limework flooring, new build and M&E.

Holy Trinity Church is a Grade 1 listed building with original 12th C Norman fabric and 15th C additions previously restored in the 1860’s.

Hospital of St Cross, Winchester

Hospital of St Cross, Winchester

Refurbishment of the historic Hospital of St Cross, Winchester

The medieval Hospital of St Cross was founded in the 1130’s and is considered England’s oldest and most perfect almshouse. Ellis and Co refurbished the kitchen wing to improve facilities for visitors.  

Newport Minster, Isle of Wight

Newport Minster, Isle of Wight

Roofing, masonry repairs, glazing conservation and internal reordering.

Newport Minster is the principal church of the Isle of Wight, a Grade I listed building which serves the island community and some 30,000 visitors each year. It provides a place of quiet reflection and a demonstration of the islands heritage.

Old Blue Coat School, Thatcham

Old Blue Coat School, Thatcham

Restoration of a Grade I listed 14th Century Chapel and Community Centre.

The Old Bluecoat School is an interesting Grade I listed building of mixed materials with origins in the 14th Century. National Trust note it as “One of the most important buildings in the area and of National importance”.

St Giles House, Dorset

St Giles House, Dorset

Renovation of a Grade I listed Renaissance property indicative of the work of Inigo Jones.

"What is to become of this old family home where successive generations have lived so long is impossible to foretell" 9th Earl Shaftsbury, written at the end of the second world war.

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