Moving to new heights
The scaffolding now completely surrounds the church and reaches to the tip of each gable. This allows Laing Traditional Masonry to reach the furthest corners of concrete harling and to have access to the roof ready for roofers to move in.
The last section of harling - on the north end has proven particularly challenging. This was redone during the 1980's - and unlike the earlier late '70's harling - has been driven deep into the mortar between stonework.
This cement is hard...! And removing it to a depth of around 9cms in each mortar joint hard too - 3 hours of constant hammering per metre squared hard. I envy Andrew and Andrew their fresh air - but not their arm ache!
A close look at the church roof reveals why this needs to be tackled. Gutters and valleys are filled with debris, preventing them from draining properly, so that rainwater runs down the walls adding to the dampness in the church.
Roofers are expected on site shortly. They'll remove the first metre of roofing slates so that the ends of the timber beams can be inspected for rot and damage - and then carefully sheet it over until late spring when the major job of roof refurbishment can begin.
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