The work has started at St Nicholas and we are thrilled to welcome Croft as our contractor. They have already made very exciting progress in the first few days of being on site. The floors are being levelled and the archways dismantled, under the watchful eye of the archaeological team, and they are doing a stunning job !
The archaeologist is digging at the level of the original medieval wall in the chancel. The Victorians used this as the foundation for their rebuild in the 1870s.
The main arcade being carefully dismantled – it’s over a metre thick in places!
The team have now levelled the whole floor area, and the central pillar has been removed as has the internal scaffold
At the top of the tower where there are some worn medieval carvings in the stone. The masons saw that these were done when the stones were in situ, so presumably with a mason sitting on a bench, hanging over the edge of the tower. There are some names scratched into the walls inside the tower, as late as 1997.
Layers of stone and brick down to the medieval level in the chancel about 1.5 meters below the original floor level.
The beginnings of uncovering the hidden spiral staircase in the tower! The central column can clearly be seen.
The start of the reconstruction of the pillars, re-using the Victorian brick from the upper course that had to be demolished.
Shows the medieval tiled floor of the tower and the chimney channel running along the floor to a chimney inside the north east corner of the tower.
The main doorway and the completion of the excavation works.
The main door to the north wall window through the medieval arch. This will be the first view people will see when they come into the new church next year.
The base of the floor and set out the blockwork for the service channels.
The flooring/insulation in the chancel area.
A view from the tower, showing the block shape and first covering in the chancel and vestry – the heating pipes will go on next.
Replacement of stone at the top of the tower
The new base level of the chancel floor – removed down about a meter
Update on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 10:10AM
Three more photos have been added to the slideshow, including the start of a hidden spiral staircase in the tower!
Update on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 02:31PM
4 more new photos from the last fortnight added
Update on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 07:09AM
Another 3 photos added this week
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