Urgent repairs to Yarmouth Minster completed
Emergency repair work on south face of Great Yarmouth Minster following a fall of stonework last year has now been completed.
When the stonework fell to the ground early in 2020, it became apparent that there was damage to the upper levels of the south face of the Minster and the area to the east of the porch had to be fenced off.
The possibility of seeking funding for repairs through the Heritage Lottery Emergency Fund arose in May, and Michael Boon volunteered to act as Project Manager for the PCC working with the Minster architect, Philip Orchard. The aim was to address the disturbing fall of stonework which might put the public at risk from the South Face and to carry out any allied work from the last quinquennial which any such grant might meet.
By March 2021, the stone renewals, together with pointing works had been completed. The completed work included all pointing necessary to the south aisle parapet back along its complete length, and the painting of the south aisle rainwater pipe to the east of the porch together with additional south aisle pointing and cleaning out of the western of the two south aisle rainwater outlets where there was some building debris. Removal of larger pieces of stone likely to fall from the south aisle walling and windows in the scaffolded area was also dealt with.
Works deferred to a later date include painting of the south transept west ladder and rainwater pipe, and complete defrassing ie brushing loose material away from the work to remove loose or damaged material from the sound stone. This means that small flakes of stone and powder will fall from the new works until a larger more comprehensive repair project is undertaken around the area.
The repair scheme, amounting to £36,000, was signed off as completed by Philip Orchard as Minster architect on March 19 and the scaffolding removed.
This story is based on an article which appeared on Network Yarmouth and in Great Yarmouth Parish Life.
The photo above is courtesy of Michael Boon.
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