Restoration is on schedule

Robbie Blowers (foreman) inside the church.
Robbie Blowers (foreman) inside the church.
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WORK is well under-way to rebuild March’s landmark St Mary’s Church at Westry just 14 months after it was completely gutted in an arson attack.

This week saw the arrival on site of new roof supports. The principal King post trusses arrived last Monday and workmen spent the week getting the huge wooden supports into position.

Restoration of the 138-year-old church is being carried out by specialist firm E Bowman and Son Ltd of Stamford under the supervision of a church-appointed architect.

So far the work is on schedule with this latest phase seeing much of the stonework being replaced along with a new roof and windows provided.

The trusses arrived in parts after being made by Bowman’s. The parts were then 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.