Fi­nal farewell to ar­chi­tect who al­ways thought of oth­ers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others - By Ai­dan Bar­low

Fam­ily and friends of a ded­i­cated ar­chi­tect who helped pre­serve his­toric build­ings across Kent will say their fi­nal farewell at a fu­neral and me­mo­rial ser­vice to­mor­row (Fri­day).

Mau­reen Lover­ing died on Fri­day, Jan­uary 8, at the age of 77 and was a well known for her ef­forts at the Wheel­bar­row Pro­ject in Clapp Hill in Aldington, and restora­tion work at God­in­ton House near Ash­ford and Can­ter­bury Mu­seum.

She had stud­ied ver­nac­u­lar ar­chi­tec­ture at the Univer­sity of Lon­don dur­ing the 1980s, and used her skills to write re­ports on how best to con­serve an­cient build­ings and paint­ings, spe­cial­is­ing in preserving me­dieval wall paint­ings.

Along with prac­tice part­ner Mary Scott she helped with the restora­tion of Wind­sor Cas­tle af­ter it was gut­ted by fire, and earned praise from the Queen for her ef­forts.

Sis­ter Pamela Dunn said: “Mau­reen was a very in­de­pen­dent and pri­vate per­son who would al­ways put on a brave face no mat­ter what the tri­als and tribu­la­tions were.

“She also had the most in­fec­tious laugh, and a won­der­ful abil­ity to look on the bright side of life. Her thoughts were al­ways for other peo­ple and never for her­self.”

Orig­i­nally Mau­reen had trained as a me­te­o­rol­o­gist and worked at the Ad­mi­ralty in Lon­don, be­fore be­com­ing a teacher at a school in Cran­brook.

She was also a moun­tain leader for teenagers in Wales, and a broad­caster for a ra­dio sta­tion in Syd­ney in Aus-

Wind­sor Cas­tle tralia where she lived with her young fam­ily and hus­band John dur­ing the 1970s.

Con­ser­va­tion ar­chi­tect Roger Joyce said Mau­reen had in­spected churches for dio­ce­ses in Rochester and Can­ter­bury.

He said: “She will be a huge loss. With Mau­reen what you saw is what you got. She was straight­for­ward and very pro­fes­sional, and very highly re­garded.

“When you got a re­port from her you knew it would be taken very se­ri­ously be­cause she was very knowl­edge­able.”

Re­cently she had been work­ing at St Ean­swythe’s Church in Folke­stone and was also well known at St Cos­mas and St Damian in Chal­lock.

She was also well known in Rom­ney Marsh for lead­ing walk­ing and hik­ing groups, scout groups and help­ing to re­store many stat­ues churches and build­ings there.

There will be a me­mo­rial ser­vice for her at Lympne Cas­tle at 2pm to­mor­row (Fri­day). Daf­fodils and spring flow­ers are wel­comed and do­na­tions can be made to the RSPB at Dun­geness.

Mau­reen Lover­ing worked on the restora­tion of Wind­sor Cas­tle

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