Town Hall Tuesday – Week 18

09/05/2017

This week has seen a fairly big change downstairs with the Lime-Crete being laid in the lower hall. Lime is being used as the Town Hall is an historic building and is much more appropriate for the building. The lime-crete will take 28 days to cure, which means that the contractors had to ensure they had everything else done in the Lower Hall before the floor was laid – as that room is now off limits for a whole month!

The Lime-Crete being laid
The Lime-Crete being laid
A view of the southern end of the Lower Hall with the lime-crete poured and left to cure.
A view of the southern end of the Lower Hall with the lime-crete poured and left to cure.

At roof level, the upgrade continues and the team have now built some scaffold to allow access to the building’s chimneys. Our conservation architect has inspected the chimneys and will be advising on a course of action soon.

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The stone repair is an ongoing project, our conservation architect was looking at the stone work yesterday and talked Brackley’s Town Clerk through the meticulous process of stone repair. The restorers create a mixture to match each and every stone and build up their repairs slowly and steadily – what a skill!

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Meanwhile, offsite – Smith of Derby are painstakingly restoring our weather vane, and clock. Each piece has been taken apart, cleaned, prepared and are being restored. Some photos that we received this week show a real insight into their processes! Thanks to Mike Fitchett for sending these beautiful images to me!

Restoration of clock, movement, synchronous drive unit, autowind, bell hammer, dials and wind vane for Brackley Town Hall, Northants, UK
The weather vane is prepared for restoration

 

Restoration of clock, movement, synchronous drive unit, autowind, bell hammer, dials and wind vane for Brackley Town Hall, Northants, UK
The weather vane is re gilded with gold leaf

 

Restoration of clock, movement, synchronous drive unit, autowind, bell hammer, dials and wind vane for Brackley Town Hall, Northants, UK
The coronet that sits at the top of the weather vane is restored.

 

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The clock mechanism was taken apart, cleaned and repaired