The Work Continues
During the period 2016 – 2019 considerable work was undertaken on the roofs, rainwater goods, windows, floors and drains as described below.
The current emphasis on works is at the moment on improving the acoustics in the ringing chamber.
The regular heating and cooling of the lead of the roofs, gullies. Gutters and downpipes in sunshine and shade summer and winter causes the lead to crack and water seeps through. This is exacerbated by the gradual erosion of the lead through acid rain. We shall in due course need to replace the lead on the North and South Transepts.
The constant movement of the lead puts a strain on the thin glass causing cracks and breaks. The moisture within the building condenses on the cold windows and mildew grows cutting down the light.
Pools of water on the floor coming from the ceiling and up through the floor cause the tiles to move and become discoloured with deposits of limescale.
Walls & Ceilings
Rainwater penetrating the stonework of the walls through faulty pointing and coming through the roof provides moisture for the algae to grow and discolour the stone.
Overtime the earth moves causing the drains to crack, become blocked or come apart leaking water under the floor.
When the floor was lifted, and the drains uncovered we found all sorts of things beneath. Some items were deliberately covered, but others may have been dropped by accident. Those of importance have been saved for future display.