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Between September 2021 and February 2022 a contract was let to carry out repairs to the the West tower parapet walls. The parapet work involved partial removal and re-bedding of the capping stones, re-mortaring of open joints and re-bedding of lead flashings. The Diocese of Bristol gave their approval for this work to proceed. Additional lead repair work was also carried out.

See the following pages for photos for the defects addressed, the masonry and lead work in progress and the completed work.

UPDATE August 2021

Tenders were received and assessed.

UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2021

Following tender assessment we realised that the pinnacle repair work was going to need external scaffolding to be carried out safely. As we didn't have the funds for this the scope of the contract was reduced to include only the parapet work. SK Conservation were awarded the contract with a start date in early October.

UPdate October 2021

Eagle-eyed passers-by will have noticed that during October a number of capping stones were temporarily removed from the parapet. This allowed for rusted clamps between the wall sections to be replaced and for the capping stones to be re-bedded more firmly. In addition, a number of wall joints were raked out and re-mortared and areas of weather-eroded stonework were repaired. The parapet repair work was substantially completed this month. The contractor was asked to quote for some additional work to install new lead flashings and to repair some splits in the old lead roof. 

UPDATE DECEMBER 2021

Quotes for the lead flashing work were obtained and a sub-contrator (West Country Tiling) appointed but it was not possible to get the work done in December due to other commitments

UPDATE FEBRUARY 2022

The lead work was successfully completed in early February. SK Conservation then completed the mortar work associated with the new flashings and carried out final mortar repairs on the stair turret roof at the end of the month.