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Restoration work continues

Recent events: 

2009

Roof renovations to south elevation and central aisle were completed making the roof watertight.

The eventual cost ran into hundreds of thousands of pounds, but the work should be good for 120 years.

Generous support received from English Heritage; Herefordshire Historical Churches Trust and many kind donations from individual members of the Priory congregation and national grant-giving bodies. Particular thanks are due to The Sainsbury Family Trust and the Garfield Weston Trust.

The Organ Restoration Appeal was launched.  Around £260,000 being required to restore completely the Priory's fine organ.

2010

A detailed evaluation of the heating system took place and certain control improvements implemented. Further work will be necessary when funds permit to upgrade the quality of heating in this large building.

Together with generous help from The Friends of the Priory, further funds were obtained to place metal grilles over the windows on the north side which had been subject to repeated vandalism.

2011

Organ Appeal Update: currently the Organ Appeal has around £60,000 towards its first phase target of £100,000 out of £260,000.

Thanks to the generosity of The Friends of the Priory all the chairs in the Lady Chapel have been replaced.

Work continued covering the windows with grilles,again assisted by The Friends and with donations from the Congregation.

A complex heating control system has been installed, pending installation of new boilers and other improvements yet to be funded.

2012

This is when the money ran out!  Major issues include the very unsatisfactory state of the floor tiles which are breaking up due to the lack of proper foundations underneath. The deteriorating state of the West Window stone mullions (that are of national historical importance) are eroding rapidly due to two very cold winters. The roof on the large boiler house is in a state of near collapse; the bells could crack due to problems with the "staples", the hook at the top from which they hang; a new kitchen would be an advantage, and so on.

The boiler house roof went out to tender and we were able to fund a successful experimental restoration of the floor tiles in the central nave.

2013

We were at last able to drill out and repair the bell staples to prevent potential damage to these bells that are also of national importance. Due to the generosity of the Friends of the Priory we were able to build some screening to hide some of the unsightly but essential equipment kept for youth activities; a baby changing station was also installed; and work is also progressing on building a hand made ornamental cast iron hand rail for use where the floor levels change between the Chancel and the Norman Nave. Meanwhile thirty square metres of lead has twice been stolen from the main porch roof in a period of two months. Work began on replacing the roof on the boiler house

2014 - 2017

After many smaller projects, major work was undertaken completely stripping down and renovating the organ. This took about six months, and whilst very expensive, it has given a new lease of life to the valuable instrument.
 

The kitchen has been complely renovated, with new fittings and a new cooker. We are saving up for a new dishwasher which needs to be of commercial standard to cope with the peak volumes.

Meanwhile in March 2017 work is beginning to restore the eroded stone work in the window mullions (window frame). A highly specialist job requiring a top quality stonemason.

The tiled floors have in places become unstable due to rising damp and restoration will start in March as well.


 

 

 

 


Restoration Work
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