2017 Award Winners Announced  

Duke of Gloucester Award for Excellence in Stonemasonry at a presentation that took place at St Bartholomew the Great in the City of London on Wednesday 4 October supported by the Marble & Granite Centre Ltd.

This bi-annual award is jointly supported by the Worshipful Company of Masons and the Stone Federation of Great Britain and awarded to qualified masons with the aim of encouraging high standards in all aspects of the craft of stonemasonry. This year, the 10th anniversary since the first award, has seen an exceptionally strong list of entries.

The awards are open to stonemasons with between two and nine years post-qualification experience who have shown high standards in all aspects of stonemasonry and have a portfolio of projects which illustrates his or her work. The Worshipful Company of Masons introduced the Awards in 2007 in honour of HRH the Duke of Gloucester, who has been a liveryman of The Masons’ Company since 1975 and an honorary member of its Court since 1995. The Duke, through his architectural background, has a keen interest in the construction industry, our national heritage and in the training of craftsmen in the industry.

St Bartholomew the Great, London

Left to right in above photo:-

David Richardson, President Stone Federation

Archie Stoke-Faiers – Freelance, studied at Weymouth College (Commended)

Jack Herniman, Chichester Stoneworks (Highly Commended)

Tom Francis, Chichester Stoneworks (Joint Winner)

HRH the Duke of Gloucester

Victoria Darley, York Minster (Joint Winner)

James Bayliss, Gloucester Cathedral (Highly Commended)

Peter Clark, Master, Worshipful Company of Masons


Joint Winners:

  Tom Francis – Chichester Stoneworks

  Victoria Darley – York Minster

Highly Commended:

  James Bayliss, Gloucester Cathedral

  Jack Herniman, Chichester Stoneworks

  Luke Kingston, Salisbury Cathedral


  Matt Hoskins, Exeter Cathedral

  Archie Stoke-Faiers, Freelance

  Christian Sullivan, Salisbury Cathedral

Victoria Darley of York Minster here with HRH Duke of Gloucester

Tom Francis of Chichester Stoneworks here with HRH Duke of Gloucester

James Bayliss of Gloucester Cathedral here with HRH Duke of Gloucester

Jack Herniman of Chichester Stoneworks here with HRH Duke of Gloucester

Archie Stoke-Faiers, Freelance