Stonemasonry is one of mankind’s greatest and most lasting crafts. Over thousands of years, master stonemasons have developed a trade which has evolved from humble stone huts during the Neolithic period to the great wonders of the world. Here we pay homage to some of the most astonishing construction feats of mankind.
The Ancient World
One of, if not the most, iconic ancient wonders of the world is the Great Pyramid of Giza. Constructed between 2580 and 2650 BC, the exact construction of this great monument is still a relative mystery, however, the amount of skill, time and toil that went into the build is unquestionable. It’s estimated that building the Pyramid over a twenty year period would have had to involve installing 800 tonnes of stone every day!
Believed to have been built as the tomb of the pharaoh Khufu, the structure remained the tallest man-made structure in the world for nearly four millennia and required a mathematical design far ahead of its time.
The Middle Ages
During the middle ages, which dates from the 5th to the 15th century, the spread of Christianity across Europe also heralded the construction of many impressive churches. Here in the UK, one of the most iconic medieval structures is Westminster Abbey. The structure that we see today was built between 1245 and 1272 AD.
Also in London, Westminster Hall is another medieval feat of masonry. The hall, which is the oldest building of the British parliamentary estate, was built in 1097 by William II and covers over 1,500 square meters. Remarkably, there is no archaeological evidence for support columns which indicates that the structure was self-supported; an engineering technique that was pioneering.
The renaissance period spans from the 14th to the 17th century and is often thought of as the bridge between the middle ages and the modern era. During this time, spectacular achievements in stonemasonry were achieved. One of the most impressive examples of this is St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Designed by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the church is perhaps the most renowned of all the Renaissance churches and is the largest in the world. It’s one of the holiest sites for Catholics worldwide and is often considered the greatest building of its age, with the dome at its crest being the tallest dome in the world.
Who We Are
Wrights of Campbell have been working in the stonemasonry industry for over four decades, providing the very best quality of stonework to all of our customers. Since our inception in 1974, we have worked on countless commissions to the residents of Gloucestershire.
Working primarily with limestone and ironstone, we can help you complete any building project big or small. To find out more about our services, contact us today. You can visit us at Units 104-106, Northwick Business Centre, Blockley, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, GL56 9RF or call us on 01386 700497.