Our Friends in Conservation – Luke Lister, Blacksmiths & Fabrication Engineers

We have recently been working alongside Luke Lister Blacksmiths to deliver one of our latest projects (updates to follow!)

As the Beatles said, “we get by with a little help from our friends”, and never a truer phrase was said, especially in Conservation where the specialities are so varied, we often have the need to reach out and team up with our friends in the industry.


Luke Lister Blacksmiths are within walking distance to our office on the A6, Stockport. They have been providing high quality craftsmanship and service for five generations! Working from the workshop in Stockport since 1890, where Martin’s great, great grandfather bought the original plot (business/good will/property) for £65! Which is where the business has been ever since. 129 years!

Martin Lister directs the business today, he said that he’s been visiting the yard since he was 2 years old! So that’s plenty of years’ experience behind him!

Martin has a highly extensive knowledge of the materials and techniques used to create the vision of the customers. Because he uses traditional hand-forging and has such detailed knowledge of metalwork passed down through the generations, Luke Lister Blacksmiths are proud to produce items to meet specific Listed Building requirements.

Services include:

  • Artist commissions, including laser and plasma features
  • Site work, maintenance and repairs, including welding
  • Grilles supplied and fitted to insurance specifications
  • Restoration and Heritage projects
  • All aspects of Health and Safety improvements
  • Hand railing and access ramps
  • Traditional forge work
  • Balconies, railings and gates


The fabrication of Butterfinch Bridge –

Butterfinch Bridge was designed by Tracey Cartledge for Northwich Community Woodlands.

The bars for the bridge were designed to look like reeds. Each reed shape was individually hand forged and shaped using the jig, allowing each one to be made slightly differently.

When the reeds were complete, the design included many different creatures familiar to the locality. Frogs, snails, birds and beetles were intricately handcrafted in bronze and firmly welded into the bridge.

The fabrication of Timelines –

“Timelines” is a large sculpture of an amphora in Dunstable town centre, designed by Adrian Moakes.

As can be seen here, this was a massive installation! The sculpture was produced in two halves, which were then fixed together along a central spine when in position at Dunstable.

Artist commissioned pieces:




Contact info –

Martin Lister

Luke Lister Blacksmith and Fabrication Engineers,
173 Heaton Lane, Stockport SK4 1AQ

Tel: 0161 480 4074 or Mobile: 07890 058 914

Email enquires always welcome –

Whats On?

February 2019
21 Conserving, Repairing and Maintaining Traditional Windows
Balmoral Castle, Aberdeenshire
22 Lime Pointing Training Day
Bodmin, Cornwall
25 Secret Spaces: Medieval Sacristies, Vestries, Treasure Rooms and their Contents
Society of Antiquaries apartments, Burlington House, London
26 Wolds Welcome: Walking Lincolnshire’s Churches
St Peter & St Paul, Belchford
March 2019
2 Visual Communion: Conversations Between Ancient and Modern
Bishop’s Palace, Chichester
2 Visual Communion Symposium
2 Dry Stone Walling
Merryhill Training Centre, Fife
5 Mould and Timber Decay – Lunchtime CPD Session
The SPAB , Spital Square, London
5-6 Repairing Traditional Masonry P1
Charlestown Workshops, Fife
5 Historic Concrete and Cements Conservation
Forth Valley College, Falkirk
6 Conservation of Non-ferrous Metals
The Engine Shed, Forthside Way, Stirling
7 SPAB Spring Lecture Series 2019 – Ruskin and the Idea of Craftsmanship
St Botolph Without Bishopsgate, Bishopsgate
8 Making and Using Hot Mixed Lime Mortars
Merryhill Training Centre, Fife
8 Heritage Interpretation and Design
Cressing Temple Barns
9 Dundee Walking Tour, AGM and John Ruskin Lecture
V&A, Dundee
9 Lime Slam – Corfe Castle
Corfe Castle, Dorset
12-13 Basic Masonry Skills
Merryhill Training Centre, Fife
12 Managing Bats in Old Buildings – Lunchtime CPD Session
The SPAB , Spital Square, London
12 Historic Concrete and Cements Conservation
Forth Valley College, Falkirk
14 SPAB Spring Lecture Series 2019 – Ruskin and Conservation
St Botolph Without Bishopsgate, Bishopsgate
15 Mills & Booms: Conservation of Industrial Archaeology, Buildings and Sites in Industrial Use
Museum of London, Docklands
15 A Place for All Mortars
Charlestown Workshops, Fife
16 Lime Pointing
Merryhill Training Centre, Fife
18-21 Structural Repair of Historic Buildings
West Dean College, West Sussex
18-19 The Phoenix Renewed: Sustainability of Post-War Churches and Cathedrals
Coventry Cathedral
19 Vegetation and Old Buildings – Lunchtime CPD Session
The SPAB , Spital Square, London
19 Historic Concrete and Cements Conservation
Forth Valley College, Falkirk
20 Explore the Explorers of Lincolnshire
St Lawrence, Blackey Lane, Revesby

The services we provide for you at

aura conservation


Roof Tiling, Steeplejacks and Lightning Protection, Roof Drainage, Lead Protection, Roof Features.


Stone, Brick, Cast Stone, Terracotta, Sculpture, Statuary, Bronze Statuary.


Painting & Decorating, Plasterwork, Tiling, Timber Flooring.

Services & Treatment

Protection and Remedial Treatment, Paint Finishes, Mortars & Renders, Pointing, Paint Removal, Masonry Cleaning, Structural Repairs, Epoxy Resin Repairs.

Metal, Wood & Glass

Fine Joinery, Wood Carving, Windows and Doors, Secondary Glazing, Metalwork.

Incorporated in 2006, Aura Conservation have existed for over twelve successful years. We have a sound and experienced management team. We can assist you in any of your conservation needs and have a body of long standing and experienced tradesmen we can call on with specialist knowledge of the conservation world.

You can contact us at:

Dunham House, 181 Wellington Road North, Stockport, Cheshire, SK4 2PB.

Tel: 0161 442 9850 / Fax: 0161 432 8478

Email  enquiries@auraltd.co.uk
Web    www.auraltd.co.uk




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