Historic England grant for essential work

Cathedral Boiler and Belfry

Towards the end of last year, we were successful in receiving a grant from Historic England.  The grant was for two essential works that needed to be updated as a matter of urgency.  

Firstly, it has enabled us to update a 30 year old boiler which, for the last few years, was struggling to sufficiently heat the Cathedral and was getting ready to be condemned.  This work has now been completed.  

In 2019 restoration to the Spire in the Cathedral commenced with the installation of new louvres and re-pointing of the brickwork.  It became apparent, at this time, that further works would be required at some point in the future, as rain water blown in from the outside,  seeped through the louvres, pooling onto the flooring.  This flooring needed to be replaced urgently, because as there was no drainage, it allowed the rain water to drip down on to the sanctuary floor/altar, causing a slipping hazard.  

Part of the Historic England grant has allowed for the further works to be undertaken to include the laying of a new floor in the Belfry, including a drainage system, to take away water from the tower area.  Due to limited access to the Belfry, scaffolding had to be placed on the sanctuary for a number of weeks.  The works are continuing and progressing well and hopefully should be completed in a couple of weeks time.

Photographs of the works can be seen below.