Leicester Cathedral - January 2015
Posted by Yuli Lee / 23rd January 2015

Leicester Cathedral - January 2015

Visit to Site 21 January 2015

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The Vaughan Monument has now been carefully recorded, dismantled, packed and stored for later reassembly except for its crowning figure. She turns out to be supported on heavily corroded iron bars into the wall, which have cracked the stone corbels. Price and Myers duly get a call. The removal of the monument reveals the very poor state of some of the wall, but also reveals some survivals of the Victorian paint scheme, which we have seen in one historic black and white photo. A further call to ULAS archaeologist so that these are properly recorded.  Meanwhile the methodology of how best to repair the wall, preserve the surviving painted decoration and to ensure secure fixings for the monument are being considered between vHH, FWA and Cathedral Architect.

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We inspect various joinery finishing samples prepared by NHR Joinery’s french polisher. This is a panel of the new joinery added to the Chancel Screen with a sample - almost indistinguishable from the older timber. We request they make the finish of the new joinery slightly lighter than that which it abuts, so that the junction between old and new work can be discerned by those who are interested, without being disturbing to those visiting or using the new spaces.

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