Williams Restoration

Toynbee Hall

95-97 Harley Street


The building was designed by Elijah Hoole in vicarage-gothic style. It was designated a Grade II listed building in 1973. It was adjacent to the church of St Jude, Whitechapel (demolished in 1927), and was on the site of a disused industrial school. It was built as the first university settlement house of the settlement movement. Students from Oxford and Cambridge University lived there, to undertake social work in the deprived areas of the East End. By 1900 there were over 100 settlements in the United States and across the UK, and in 1911 the leaders of the social settlement movement founded the National Federation of Settlements.

Scope of Work

Williams Restoration undertook the restoration of the external masonry and internal plaster works of Toynbee Hall. The works included the removal of gypsum plaster and plaster boards from the internal walls and ceilings and replacing these with oak laths and a pre-mixed Lime plaster in conjunction with horse hair as original. Externally we carried out repointing works, removing cementitious mortar and replacing with a premixed, Lime mortar with a red colouring. Williams also carried out several stone repairs to effected window surrounds. The surrounds had been previously repaired using a cementitious mortar which in turn caused more damage to the original stone underneath. Once we had removed this we used a Lime based, premixed stone repair mortar to restore these as sympathetically as possible.

Project location: Tower Hamlets, London
Client: Thomas Sinden


5 Star Reviews

We worked with Williams on our RIBA award winning project The Sekforde, a Grade II Listed Regency period pub. The brief was to re-point the brickwork to the listed façade, which had been badly affected from the removal of cement based render that had been applied sometime around the 1930s...

Chris Dyson Architects
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"Cumberland Lodge is a grade two listed building that is part of the Crown Estate in Windsor Great Park. We employed Williams Restoration to refurbished the brickwork on our main front entrance..."

Colin Baker, Cumberland Lodge.
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The Williams Restoration team took on the whole job, from removing the cement render through to re-decoration. There's no avoiding the fact that this type of work is messy and sometimes noisy, but they tried hard to minimise nuisance to ourselves and our neighbours. They did a good job, and the facade now looks very smart and authentic.

John Cottrell. Regents Park Road, London

Williams Restoration left the job looking very clean and tidy. I am very pleased with how they have cleaned the stone work. Would highly recommend.

Gary Brown. Contracts Manager, London

So pleased with the work that Williams Restoration completed on my restoration project. I felt at ease with their outstanding customer service and knowledge of the task at hand.

Wendy. Oxford

I cant fault the workmanship of Williams Restoration. The site was always left clean and tidy.

Dean Bowie. London

Williams Restoration were always extremely clean and tidy. They provided the project with a good finish.

Graham. London. Ewell

Williams Restoration did a first rate job! Craig Williams is a truely skilled craftsman.

David. London


Williams Restoration Ltd

85 Elmwood Drive, Ewell, Epsom KT17 2NL

020 3544 8861 07833 452 703

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