July 31st, 2009 David
A team of scaffolders arrived at the church early this morning. Curiosity got the better of me and I had to find out what they were planning.
Bizarrely, they’ve been asked to move some of the top stone sprockets – the small pieces of shaped stone running along the spire edges – because they were wrongly positioned during the rebuild.
It sounds very odd to do this some months after removing all that expensive scaffolding, and I’m trying to find out some more information.
A lot of people – myself included – have commented that the sprockets don’t seem as evenly-spaced as they were originally. But I didn’t think anyone would suggest going up there and repositioning them.
They’re putting up ladders this morning to take a closer look. And next week they plan to errect some scafflding to complete the work. This will involve removing the sprockets and pinning in new ones.
It can’t be a cheap job so I wonder who’s going to take the blame – and expense – for putting it right!