Phase 4 (April 2020 – September 2021)

24th July: Painting progress: painting the nave barrel – Views of the outside without scaffolding

21st July: Painting progress: Starting painting the Nave barrel

20th July: Dismantling of the outside scaffolding

19th July: Painting progress in the transept

16th July: Painting progress in the transept – Repairs on the windows & walls – Dismantling of the outside scaffolding

14th July: Touch repairs on the walls

13th July: Painting progress: 2nd coat on the vaults – touch repairs on the walls

7th July: Painting progress: starting the 2nd coat on the vaults

6th July: Painting progress in the transept – touch repairs on the walls, which could not be done during previous projects

5th July: Painting progress in the transept – touch repairs on the East aisle windows, which could not be done during previous projects

2nd July: Painting progress: the 1st coat is halfway on the vaults below the dome

1st July: The roof of the Sanctuary is now completed – Painting progress above the confessional

30th June: Final touches on the insulation of the roofs – Painting progress in the transept

28th June: Painting progress in the transept & St Philomena’s chapel

19th June: Thanks to a generous team of parishioners, the heavy pews of the church are now facing again the main altar.

17th June: 1st Mass & 1st office in the Sanctuary since the 23rd June 2020

16th June: Sanctuary is cleared! – Scaffolding in the side chapels

15th June: Repairs & insulation of the roof – The disassembly of the scaffolding of the sanctuary is nearly finished

14th June: Repairs & insulation of the roof

11th June: Repairs & insulation of the roof – Disassembly of the scaffolding of the sanctuary

10th June: Views from the top floor of the internal scaffolding – The workers start the disassembly of the scaffolding of the sanctuary

9th June: Repairs & insulation of the roof – The floor of the scaffolding is nearly finished

8th June: Repairs & insulation of the roof – Scaffolding inside the church & views from the top of it

7th June: Repairs & insulation of the roof

4th June: Repairs & insulation of the roof

3rd June: Starting of the repairs of the barrel roof above the Sanctuary

1st June: scaffolding in the nave

24th May: Unload of the scaffolding

19th May: Internal scaffolding in the nave

18th May: Internal scaffolding in the transept

14th May: Dismantling of the scaffolding around the dome: A crane removed the beams – day 2

13th May: A light scaffolding is built inside the church for the painting of the nave – day 1

11th May: A new sanctuary lamp is put in place

6th May: Dismantling of the scaffolding around the dome: A crane removed the beams – day 1

5th May: Disassembly of the scaffolding around the dome

28th April: Painting of the ring of the dome

26th April: Painting of the Sanctuary

25th April: Light effects through the restored dome, after Vespers on the 3rd Sunday after Easter

21st April: Internal scaffolding of the dome has been removed: we could contemplate for the fist time the new painting scheme – Cleaning of marbles above the main altar

19th April: Removal of the internal scaffolding of the dome

15th April: External painting of the copper of the window – Completion of the painting of the drum of the dome – Site visit with Canon Montjean and the restoration team

13th April: Lower part of the drum of the dome – 1st coat

12th April: Painting of the dome and the sanctuary (1st coat done on the walls)

09th April: Painting of the dome and the sanctuary

07th April: Partial removal of the scaffolding of the dome

06th April: The drum is now half-painted – Internal scaffolding has been partially removed

31st March: Painting of the drum of the dome

26th March: Site visit with Canon Montjean – brand new window, made with copper imported from Canada (see pictures from 7th December for the making of the window)

25th March: The painting of the upper part of the cornice and walls of the drum started

22nd March: Fitting of the restored windows of the drum

05th March: Internal repairs to the windows of the drum

26th February: Choice of the best colours to match the original scheme of the church, to be redecorated according to its original style

17th February: Upper windows of the Sanctuary are back in place – a floor was built in preparation for the painting of the Sanctuary

9th February: Plastering of the Sanctuary

5th February: Site visit with the architect & Canon Montjean – Scaffolding inside the drum built to be able to reinstate the restored windows and finish repairs

4th February: Plastering around the lower and upper windows of the Sanctuary

3rd February: Plastering around the lower and upper windows of the Sanctuary

2nd February: Stained glass windows back in place in the Sanctuary – Plastering around the upper windows – Improvement of the lighting rod protection

1st February: Outside Scaffolding being dismantled – Progress of the inside scaffolding – Plastering of the walls

29th January: Upper Cornice restored – Plastering of the inside – Lightning rod

27th January: Gutters back in place and protection against birds – inside plastering of the walls of the sanctuary

26th January: Improvement of the lighting rod protection – The upper cornice restored

25th January: View of the inside scaffolding in the dome drum

14th January: Site visit by our architect Mark Pearce

13th January: The upper cornice of the dome is now restored – View of the inside scaffolding in the dome drum

5th January: The upper cornice of the dome is repainted in its original color

16th December: Site Visit – Brickwork repointing nearly finished – 1st stained glass windows back in place – Gutters repaired and back in place – Building repairs inside

7th December: Visit of the factory (Design Lights Stained Glass Limited) where the stained glass windows are repaired. A new glass window, made with copper, was created to match the existing ones already on the dome.

16th November: Ongoing works: Repointing brickworks & concrete repairs on the dome

4th November: Ongoing works: Repointing brickworks & concrete repairs on the dome – Your Canons on the Dome at sunset

21st October: Ongoing works: Repointing brickworks & concrete repairs on the dome – Canon Montjean and his “beloved Dome”

17th October: Ongoing works: Repointing brickworks – concrete repairs on the dome

16th October: Ongoing works: Repointing brickworks – concrete repairs on the dome

10th October: Ongoing works: Repointing brickworks – concrete repairs have started on the dome (corroding ferrous metal reinforcement)

7th October: Ongoing works: Roof repairs have started – Visit of a professional team

23rd September: Ongoing works: The windows of the dome are down for restoration

10th September: Scaffolds are now completed

09th September: ongoing works: gutters are now down for restoration

26th August: Architect’s visit

15th August: Panoramic views from the top of the scaffolds

14th August: Ongoing works

11th August: Canon Montjean’s visit

6th August: Scaffolding works – day 29

3rd August: Scaffolding works – day 26

24th July: Scaffolding works – A crane lifted the beams around the dome

20th – 23rd July: Scaffolding works – Preparation of the beams for the dome’s scaffold

20th July: The first windows are taken down for restoration

17th July: Visit of our architect, Mark Pearce (from Kepczyk Pearce Sanderson)

17th July: Scaffolding works – day 15

15th July: First pictures of the walls, after the plaster being removed to allow them to dry

14th July: Scaffolding works – day 12

10th July: Scaffolding works – day 10

9th July: Scaffolding tour

8th July: Scaffolding works – day 8

7th July: Scaffolding works – day 7

6th July: Scaffolding works – day 6

1st July: Scaffolding works – day 3

30th June: Scaffolding works – day 2

29th June: Arrival of the scaffolds for the Sanctuary

24th June: Protection of the Sanctuary and the side aisle

Presentation of HLF4 Heritage Grant

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