Church Restoration Blog 10th August

A site meeting was held this week with the following in attendance: Architect, Surveyor, Lighting Designer and senior representatives from Ellis & Co. The meeting covered the progress to date with work continuing on all aspects of the renovation. The staining of the ceiling boards and rafters is near completion and the reinstatement work to the chancel arch has now been finished – all were in agreement that this work had been completed to a high standard and the result was visually rewarding. It will be further enhanced when the new lighting system is installed which will illuminate this historic feature.

All the furniture due to be installed into the sacristy is currently under construction at the joiner’s shop in Shepton Mallet. The cupboards will be oak and there will be a consultation exercise with the sacristans to determine the positioning of the shelves etc prior to the final fit-out.

There will be 3 new cast iron radiators installed under the windows in the link corridor with a further 1 positioned within the Sacristy. Historically, this area has always been cold and I am sure that the sacristans and altar servers will welcome this addition. You will see that Jiri is currently doing mortar repairs to the window areas of the corridor.

There are a few minor repairs required to the clerestory windows. Ellis have secured the services of Brockweir Glass to address the problems. You will see Bruce May has removed the glass and will now take it to the workshop where he will remove the lead, flatten the window back and insert a new piece of glass into the face. This technique is called copper foiling.

Finally, the windows will benefit from an internal clean prior to the dismantling and removal of the scaffold at the end of the month.

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