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The Stonemason: A History of Building Britain

Andrew Ziminski

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History of architecture, British & Irish history, Conservation of buildings & building materials, Camping & woodcraft

Part-hands-on archaeological history of Britain, part-deeply personal insight into this ancient craft by a stonemason who has worked on Britain's greatest monuments, from Stonehenge to St Paul's.

Andrew Ziminski is a stonemason living and working in what was ancient Wessex. He has three decades of hands-on experience with the tangible history of this country, including raising stones at Stonehenge, the restoration of roman ruins in the City of Bath and work to save some of our most important medieval churches and cathedrals.

But there's nothing dusty about this stonemason.

THE STONEMASON begins with Andrew three hundred feet up Salisbury Cathedral, where he and his workmates are heaving new stone panels into place, taunted by the hoppy notes rising from the nearby brewery, and bombarded with debris by the nimbyish resident jackdaws. His work gives him a fascinating perspective on British history, nature and architecture.

Offering a unique account of life as a craftsman and of working on some of this country's great monuments, The Stonemason is both a celebration of man's close relationship with stone, this greatest of natural materials, and a reminder of the value of 'made by hand' and 'made to last.'

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