Maison Dieu, Dover.

14 April, 2023 – 10:41 am

I am excited to announce that I am now the stonemason in residence for the Maison Dieu in Dover.

I have been commissioned to carve this wonderful creature from the stone hall in the building. While he is a C19th carving it was inspired by medieval creatures.

Currently the building is undergoing a major restoration project and should re-open to the public next year.

It started life as a pilgrim’s hospital, housing weary travellers from Europe on the way to Canterbury and Thomas Becket’s tomb. Henry VIII used it as a Victualling warehouse to store food and drink for his navy and it was a courthouse and jail in the C19th. From 1830 it served as Dover’s town hall. For a more detailed history please visit their website

This year’s events proves to be an exciting and interesting schedule. At all the events where I am demonstrating, I will be carving the beastie, you can come along and have a look. watch my progress and find out more about this fascinating building. Please visit my events page to find out where I will be this year. Obviously I will be posting regular updates on here and my Facebook, Instagram and YouTube pages.

On the 27th May, there will be a Pilgrim’s trail through Dover and you can stop off in the newly re-furbished market square. It’s right next to the Museum so you could pop in there and have a look at the history of the area.

I will be demonstrating at 10:00, 11:00, 13:00, 14:00 and 15:00 for 20 minutes and then you can have a go at stone masonry, I will be carving the Maison Dieu logo in a piece of Welsh slate so that the youngsters can make a rubbing.

The have a go at stone carving will be 10 minute sessions and these will be bookable sessions, please get in touch with the Maison Dieu for more information.

  1. 2 Responses to “Maison Dieu, Dover.”

  2. Congratulations! Will there be a photograph of you stiking the first blow?

    By Gwynneth anning on Apr 19, 2023

  3. Unfortunately my partner in crime, Ed, won’t be able to come with me so hopefully I will have someone who can take photos for me.

    By Caroline Horwood on Apr 26, 2023

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