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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  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 this valuable instrument.

2015  After a pro-longed approval process, a hand-made iron hand rail was installed by the Chancel steps.

2016 The kitchen was complely renovated, with new fittings and a new cooker. The aim being to find funds for a new commercial standard dishwasher to replace the old one that was unservicable.

2017 following some harsh winters, serious weather erosion in the stone window mullions (window frames) were restored. This was primarily on the west and south side of the building. It was a highly specialist job requiring top quality stonemasons.

At the same time where the tiled floors in places had become unstable due to rising damp they were restored. However this is a continuous problem and further work will be necessary

2018  Signage and visitor information was improved. A new commercial standard dishwasher was installed.
An architect has been instructed to establish the viability of a proposal for an elaborate, not to say costly, ramp connecting the central nave to the medieval Norman nave. The thirty year-old existing ramp is far from ideal and needs to be replaced.  Further work on the uneven floors continues. The main issue being that most are laid on loose material that reacts badly to moisture.


 

 

 

 


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