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GLYNWOODS

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GLYNWOODS

& PLINT

07743 950328

Traditional Building and

Conservation Specialists

Traditional Building and

Conservation Specialists

07743 950328

St Michael's Church, Minehead, Somerset

The primary reason for these works to the crown of this 30 metre tower was a large diagonal crack in the vicinity of a redundant flue, badly rusting reinforcing pattresses and evidence of other lifting and movement to the stonework.

 

After a structural engineers survey of the roof and gutters a scaffold was erected on two sides and a designed hung scaffold on the other two. The work to these areas involved little extra weight and this avoided bridging the nave and two aisles.

 

A pinnacle and the area of stonework around the crack was dismantled to below string course level and rebuilt incorporating stainless steel helities, cramps and dowels.

 

The pattresses and tie bars were removed and further rusting ironwork was extracted from the visibly lifting vice turret. Further to this Bath stone was pieced in after the taking down of the leaning merlons and embrasures, and replacement of rusting iron cramps and failing earlier cement repairs.

 

The parapet was re-pointed and limited mortar repairs carried out, but in general stone replacement was preferred on this exposed windy site near the sea.

 

Finally the roof joists and boarding were extended over the dismantled and capped flue, and the lead bay extended along with other minor repairs to the lead roof.