For the encouragement of craftmanship in natural stone

• Masonry Skills: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced
• Conservation and the use of Lime Mortars
• Dry Stone Walling
• Restoration Carving
• Memorial Carving
• Lettering
• Drawing

About ‘Orton Trust’

The Orton Trust was formed in 1968 and exists to maintain and encourage the traditional stonemasonry skills used in the restoration and conservation of historic buildings.

The redundant Church of All Saints’ at Orton, near Kettering in Northamptonshire has been converted into a Workshop and a Lecture Room added by the purchase and restoration of the old Church Hall nearby. The Trust is a Registered Charity and its work is supported financially by many public and private institutions, allowing fifteen weekend courses to run each year.

The course fee of £170 includes tuition, lunches, tea & coffee, but not accommodation which is available locally at reasonable cost. The Trust also provides, free of charge, the necessary materials and tools for students to use. All levels of ability and experience can be accommodated on all our courses.

All courses are CITB approved and limited to a maximum of 10 to ensure that all students receive individual attention and are held in the disused Parish Church and Village Hall at Orton, near Rothwell, Northants which have been converted to a workshop and lecture room respectively. Orton is situated just one mile to the south-west of Rothwell and has easy access from the A14 and A6 from all directions.

Additional help and information is available on our website or by contacting Orton Trust via any of the following Alternatively by phone on 01933 224019 or via post at 4 Whytewell Rd Wellingborough, Northants, NN8 5BE


Phone 01933 224019


The Course Tutors

The Trust’s Tutors are all experts in their respective fields and include:

Director of Teamforce Restoration Ltd from Blyth in Northumberland. Brendan is an accomplished stonemason and his company have won major awards in the North East in recent years.

Worked for English Heritage for ten years and has been a William Morris Craft Fellow with SPAB. He studied at The European Centre for Architectual Heritage in Venice and now runs his own business.

Accomplished memorial carver and lettercutter who has run his own business for over 20 years. Working to commission, he has made many private and public monuments and has gained a national reputation for lettering.

From Shepley in West Yorkshire, Lydia has Been Walling since she finished High school and has travelled all over the world to build dry stone walls and worked on various gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

The fee for all three day courses is £170. Different rates apply to other courses according to their nature. Fees include tuition, tools and materials, lunches, tea and coffee. Accommodation is not included but a list of local Guest Houses and Hotels is issued with joining instructions. Discounted fees are available in some cases on application to the Courses Manager.

To secure your place on one or more of our courses we advise advance booking should be made as soon as possible.
Please post your completed application form together with £30 non-refundable deposit for each place booked on a course to
Orton Trust, 4 Whytewell Road Wellingborough, Northants NN8 5BE
Should we find it necessary to cancel a course we will automatically refund any booking deposit paid.


Students draw and set out the Trajan alphabet prior to cutting them in slate or stone. These letters are the building blocks to design and carving all hand cut lettering. Proportion, spacing and design will be covered along with practical tool skills, materials and suppliers. The course is suitable for all abilities although, as with all our courses, regular students will continue on a progressive theme.
Course Tutor: Shaun Bradley
Forthcoming Courses
Date: Friday 31 Aug – 2 Sept 2018 – Cancelled
Cost £170


A course designed to help masons draw, set- out and carve traditional stone features found in ancient buildings. It includes a study of the designs prevalent at different periods, e.g. Norman, Early English, etc. Students attending on a regular basis will follow a progressive theme.
Course Tutor: Shaun Bradley
Forthcoming Courses
Date:  Friday 14 -16 September 2018 – Cancelled
Cost £170


This course is specific to the good design and execution of memorials of all kinds. It begins with a study of existing memorials, both ancient and modern. Students are then helped to design a memorial feature, set it out on stone or slate and carve it in relief. The course is suitable for all levels of ability.
Course Tutor: Shaun Bradley
Forthcoming Courses
Date: Friday 28 – 30 September 2018 – Cancelled
Cost £170


A practical course for those with a moderate level of experience to enable them to improve their skills. Working surfaces and more intricate mouldings, including circular work and tracery.
Course Tutor: Brendan Teasdale
Forthcoming Courses
Date: Friday 19 – 21 October 2018 – Cancelled
Cost £170


Various images taken during a recent Lettering course.