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Orton Trust

4 Whytewell Road
East Midlands


The Orton Trust provides highly respected weekend (Friday to Sunday) courses in stonemasonry. restoration, carving, lettering, lime mortar and other skills associated with stonemasonry. There are courses throughout the year catering for everyone from skilled masons wanting to further their expertise and explore new areas of stone working to complete novices. The courses are taken by practising craftspeople who are among the most highly respected in their particular areas of expertise. The courses are subsidised by donations to the trust and usually cost about £150. You need to make your own arrangements for accommodation, although Orton Trust has lists of bed & breakfast and hotel accommodation nearby. The courses all include practical, hands-on experience working the materials in the Trust's idyllic location of a former village church and its associated hall.