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.
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
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.
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.