The purpose of this survey is to provide a discussion document for the next phase of repair and protection to the west front stonework. The report considers the overall condition of the stonework alongside the 1981/82 programme of repairs, render and repointing. The decay mechanisms and rates of decay within the repair materials and the stonework are assessed alongside evidence of stone loss. The conservation recommendations looks at repair mortars, materials and methods of application. The use of sheltercoat mixes, to protect the fine detail of the carving, alongside the re-rendering of the walling and the limewashing of the dressed stone is also be considered in relation to the aesthetic impact on the overall design and visual intent of the west front.
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