All external work is now completed, with the scaffolding fully removed.
Internal works will not be carried out until the New Year in order not to disrupt visitors, as we will have to close the church.
Read the recent site inspection report by the restoration company, Oliver Architecture:
- External scaffold is being removed, and will be clear on the south and west sides,
in time for tomorrow’s wedding. The remainder will be removed on Monday.
- It was noted that close inspection of the stone tiling shows that the diminishing
courses have not been properly executed when originally reroofed (1960s?). There
are short courses at the base, with very large laps and very short laps. The roof
needs to be monitored but reroofing will be required in due course, perhaps sooner
than might have been anticipated.
- The west window capitals have new slate caps to protect them from the weather.
- The old slate cap was retained to avoid the potential of damaging the carving.
- There are concrete ridge tiles which are quite brittle. It was agreed to omit the replacement of some of the broken small tiles below the ridge as this will cause more damage to the ridges. A mortar fillet is to be applied to weather this detail.
- A programme for the internal repairs needs to be prepared, and agreed with the
PCC, as this will mean the interior is closed.
- The Nave east gable was inspected. It was felt that replastering was not necessary, particularly as the other side is unplastered. FF raised a concern as to the type of paint on the stones, which will need to be explored close to.
- The new rafter and boarding in the Nave south-east corner needs to be stained down.
Please may we ask you to consider donating as generously as you feel you can, so that we may preserve this very special church for generations to come.
You can donate either in the church, or online using the link below.
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