The first phase of the restoration work is now complete and the scaffolding around the tower seen on the left has been removed. Tight security during was installed during the restoration process. There were alarms coupled to all the scaffolding levels and the scaffolding itself had to be accessed via a locked doors. Car parking had to be restricted. The canopy now has a good roof and the steps are soundly set again.The hand rails have now been completed after them proving the only problematic tasks of the project! The image to the left below shows the church as in November 2010
The Mausoleum, which was badly damagedfollowing theft of lead from the roof, has now been redecorated in its origninal colour scheme. This has probably been not seen for 100 years since previous redecoration schemes were imposed. The walls and ceiling (looking up from the centre of the Mausoleum) are seen above.
The Victorian windows had been badly vandalised over many years so only a few panes remained intact. The rest had been patched up or replaced with inapropiate glass. The windows have now been refurbished, original intact panes have been cleaned. The broken panes have been replaced with matching glass and the frame work cleaned and repainted. A protective clear sheet has been placed over the outside to prevent future problems.
New lights have now been fitted arround the car park. These switch on automatically at night so providing enhanced security for the building and greate safety for those using the car park during darkness. The church gates will continue to be locked at 9:30 p.m. in the evening on weekdays and at 4:30 p.m. on Sundays. Any cars that are left in after that will be locked in for the night. An emergency telephone number is being provided to facilitate owners to release a vehicle but a call out fee of £30 may have to be applied.
Fund raising continues to be vitally important. Funds have been secured thanks to English Heritage, The National Churches Trust, The Wolfston Founation, The J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust, The All Churches Trust, and donations from individuals and companies.
The restoration of the sculptures of Sir Titus Salt and the Angel guarding the mausoleum will cost £14,000. A grant has been received towards this from The Henry Moore Foundation of £3,000. If the remaining funds can be raised in the comming months work on the sculptures will be able to commence in mid 2012.
Sir Titus, where he greets you in the vestibule of the church, has not had a wash for 150 years! Can you contribute to that £10,000 that is now needed to give Sir Titus and the Angel a clean and repair?