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Westcountry stonemasons are waiting for news that a Norwegian mountain has been moved, by dynamite, before booking flights to plan their second major project to create a medieval-style "Great Hall".
Specialists at Wells Cathedral Stonemasons, based in Cheddar, have received their second commission to produce the intricate architecture and carving for a middle-ages-style "Great Hall" for one of Scandinavia's top industrialists.
Having produced the intricately carved columns, windows, doorways, and features for a "Great Hall" at the home of Kjell Inge RÃ¸kke, former-owner of Wimbledon Football Club, Wells Cathedral Stonemasons have been chosen for a second "Great Hall" extension. But they cannot plan the new extension until an intruding mountain has been removed by dynamite!
According to Peter Arkell, Managing Director of Wells Cathedral Stonemasons: "The first project, to produce a perfect replica of a medieval 'great hall' at Mr RÃ¸kke's palatial home, was one of very few world-wide new-build commissions to enable stonemasons to demonstrate the full range of their skills. The new commission will produce an even more impressive building", he added.
Before that second building can be started, part of a mountain has to be removed.
"As soon as we hear that the dynamite has done its job, we shall fly to Norway to survey the new project with the detailed architects' plans, which show the kind of ornate hall that would have graced the palace of a middle-ages monarch", said Mr Arkell.
Using York Stone, to match the former project, all components for the new hall will be carved at Wells Cathedral Stonemasons' base in the former Cheddar railway station, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.