Work started in mid-June on the renovation of the tower and is expected to take around 3 months to complete. The cement-based mortar has been raked out from the tower and the stonework will now be repointed with a suitable lime mortar. Some of the stones will also need to be repaired. The roof timbers have been inspected and some minor repairs may be necessary.
The weathervane has also been inspected and may have to be removed whilst the base is repaired. The clock will also be refurbished and the zinc weathering renewed.
Care is being taken not to disturb any nesting birds but so far only empty nests have been found.
The work is being carried out by Ian Bishop Stone Masonry under the supervision of Nick Joyce Architects Ltd.