On site the joiners and
ULAS have completed the recording, dismantling and packing of the chancel and
other screens and the chapter house furniture, and are removing the last
element, the Precentor’s stall. All can now be taken to their storage off site.
The site team use a
portable ‘A frame’ and hoist and block and tackles to move the ledger slabs in
the floor, and trolleys to take them to their storage areas on site.
Meanwhile in Penrith,
Josh, Pete Hobson, James Elliott and Orlando Boyne from Britannicus Stone met
to select the Swaledale block for the king’s tombstone. Cumbrian Stone had sawn
the faces off the three blocks reserved from Britannicus the previous year, so the
grain and structure of each block was more apparent. It turns out that one has
the bed joints in the wrong direction, one has a worrying diagonal crack but
the third looks good – and it is just big enough to cut the tomb - decision
made. James immediately took the off-cut away to go and test the stone and make