25th February 2022

Internal Strip Out

Our next visit coincides with the Leicester Fabric Advisory Meeting to review the progress of the clay maquettes for the new façade grotesques, made by Midland Stone Masonry. We particularly like this sheepish sheep – a Leicester Longwool apparently, with its long coat.

On the outside the masons scaffold is going up to allow the high-level stone work on the south façade to be repaired, extending the work already carried out by vHH with World War I Memorial Funding.

The demolition outside shows how the builders of the former Old Song School simply cast its concrete roof slab into the earlier cathedral stonework, which will have to be carefully removed and made good prior to our new abutment being made at the same level.

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Inside the cathedral the tomb of Richard III and the altars have been carefully boxed up in-situ, with other loose furnishings decanted by the Cathedral to their store.

A welcome surprise is the dedicatory plaque to the 1896 restoration of the South Aisle by J.L Pearson, who also designed the South Porch.