A Letter from Nantwich

February 2009                                            

Fine church view goes west in facelift

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The unattractive face of St Mary's Parish Church during

the work on the west end

NECESSARY restoration work on the west end of St Mary's Parish Church means that this normally attractive aspect of the building will be hidden from view, much to the dismay of local people and tourists visiting the town.

   It also meant that some brides cancelled their big day at the town centre church.  Admittedly, the scaffolding erected by the restorers would be an ugly background to wedding photographs - unless you wanted something really different - but the church does have other excellent backgrounds, including the altar. And some photographers have been leading the wedding parties to the east end where there is a better background.

   It is apparently not so much a major repair - there is no danger of the structure collapsing - as making good

 

some of the damaged sandstone and filling in some cracks. Grills will also be installed over the windows.

   The work was expected to take about five months - that's until the end of July - but there is still some  scaffolding to be taken down, suggesting more work.

   You can still get into the building through a temporary west door (right)  although that is not normally the access, except for weddings,

 

funerals and special occasions. But that is the only access as the south porch access is being altered to be opened up and made more accessible to people in a wheelchair or with other walking disabilities.  

   This work involves the removal of a Victorian wooden inner set of doors (which are planned to become a kitchen in the north aisle - see the appeal page). The original sturdy wooden doors will remain but additional glass doors will be erected.

   The original wooden doors were cut at the time when the inner part was installed so that they would open into it. These will be restored to their original state.

   The steps are being widened to the whole width of the entrance and a lift for wheelchair users will be installed.

   That was the plan - see the final result here

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OTHER CHURCH ITEMS ON THE WEBSITE:  A new park-and-ride idea for town centre | What's On - churches | Bid to save church | Church "tour" in video

 

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