A lifetime of working with stone, coupled with a passion for history has given me all the tools required to follow a path in conservation building.

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James Thurtle

Shunning the “new build” route, I have spent the last 30 years restoring and repairing older buildings, using traditional tools and materials. I have had the privilege to work along-side some great characters and craftsmen who were more than keen to pass on their knowledge.

In the 90’s I took some time out to study English and History at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham. I started working part time for a restoration company to help pay the fees and ended up staying for seven years, working on some beautiful buildings in and around Richmond, Teddington, Chelsea and Putney.

Moving back to Somerset in 2000, I took on a barn conversion and looked to settle down. My daughter was born in 2001.

In 2005 I took on the position of head mason for a private property developer, spending a year restoring the stonework to Langlands Farm House in Kingston. When this came to a close I set about pooling all of my knowledge and experience into a specialist business – Flagstone Restoration was born.