School dining hall external repairs

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The Dining Hall at St John's School, Leatherhead is one of the most significant of the historic buildings on the site and is a focal point of the school. The Dining Hall is adjacent to the Grade II listed boarding houses and cloisters.

 

The core building was built in 1897 and in 1909 the stepped parapet was raised in the centre to include a clock face.  Later additions have been added to the east side and rear to provide additional kitchen facilities. The structure of the building is mass masonry in red brick with limestone dressings, with external buttresses supporting an open trussed timber roof structure.

A building survey carried out in 2019 recommended that while the building was in a fair state of repair various areas of conservation work were needed to prevent further deterioration of the external fabric. This included: renewing lead gutters and roofs; pointing, repair and cleaning of stonework; cleaning and repair of stained glass windows; inspection and overhauling the copper flèche.

 

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