Leicester Cathedral - February 2015
Posted by James (Josh) McCosh / 6th February 2015

Leicester Cathedral - February 2015

Visit to Site - 4th February 2015

For the first time the new spaces of the cathedral are revealed, with the new Sanctuary clear at the heart of the cathedral. FWA’s masons and joiners are busy finishing off the last details and taking down their remaining protection, and cleaning of the whole building is underway, but there is a palpable enthusiasm for the new arrangement in everyone we talk to.

The removal of the temporary protection reveals the jewel -like St Katharine’s Chapel again, with its beautiful Nicholson altar awaiting reinstallation of its riddel post hangings. A mock up of one of the new cathedral light fittings proposed by Bruce Kirk has been (temporarily) installed for the Cathedral’s Fabric Advisory Committee to review at their next meeting – it looks good to us.

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The new Sanctuary under the crossing, at the heart of the cathedral, with Nicholson’s screen reassembled to form its backdrop to the east (the drapes behind preventing a view through to the Ambulatory). The new Sanctuary steps, which need to be in place until the second phase of works addresses the floor levels of nave and aisles, are installed complete with their beautifully forged handrails by Don Barker Blacksmiths in York. Behind you can see the repaired pier bases, with new stones carved on site by FWA’s banker mason.

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The new Chapel of Christ the King at the East end of the chancel is almost complete, with the old paving  and ledger slabs carefully relaid on the new floor and the communion rail relocated from further west to the new altar step. Temple Moore’s altar replaced almost in its original position.

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In the Ambulatory between the crossing and the east chancel, FWA’s joiners are finishing the last elements of the main screen. Under the temporary flooring, Richard III’s vault waits for the forthcoming installation of the tomb plinth by James Elliott.

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