Major work set for church

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IT is now just over a year since the disastrous fire which totally gutted St Mary’s Church at Westry, March and work is well under-way to restore the landmark building.

Restoration work by E. Bowman & Son Ltd of Stamford under the supervision of the church’s architect is on schedule with the next phase set to get under-way this week.

During this phase of the work much of the stonework will be replaced and a new roof and windows provided.

The principal king post trusses were due to arrive on site at the start of this week and it is hoped that work to put them in place will begin today (Wednesday). This part of the restoration work to put the principal trusses in position will be interesting to see.

The trusses will arrive in parts that have been made at Bowman’s in Stamford.

The parts will then be reassembled and raised into position using the same techniques used by the original craftsmen who built the church 138 years ago.

The new chancel arch and other restored stonework are now clearly visible.