Town Hall Tuesday – Week 24

20/06/2017

Week 24 has been a busy week for the building and for the restoration project in general with two activities taking place as well as lots of work inside and outside the Town Hall.

On the Outside…
The stone conservation work continues with a little help from a creepy crawly!

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The lime plaster repairs to the cornice are almost complete, too. So the outside’s face-lift is looking great!

Repairs to the cornice around the outside of the building are continuing apace.
Repairs to the cornice around the outside of the building are continuing.

On the roof…
The stone slates continue to be dressed, sized and fixed.

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Here you can see the top of one of the dormer windows with repairs happening all around.
Here you can see the top of one of the dormer windows with repairs happening all around.

Work on the dormer window lead work and details has also begun.

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On the Ground Floor…
Stone repairs to arches and joist support stones continues. This is where a lot of repair needs to take place so its a big part of the stone work.

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Structural timber repairs to existing joists in the ceiling are ongoing.
Work has begun on the extensive fire protection of the building. The fire break between floors is being installed to the central area.

This material is a Fire Break between the lower and upper floors of the building, part of the building's extensive Fire Protection Plan.
This material is a Fire Break between the lower and upper floors of the building, part of the building’s extensive Fire Protection Plan.

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On The First Floor…

Up until now, very little has been undertaken in the Upper Hall (apart from stripping the floor in the first few weeks), but work has begun stripping the paint of the beautiful wood panels that were created using the old Parish Church pews in 1883.
It is a very slow process and took 7 days to do just one panel so the building contractors and architects are working together to find different methods.

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What a difference! aren't these panels beautiful?!
What a difference! aren’t these panels beautiful?!

 

Also last week, the restoration project took a group of residents to Smith of Derby to see our clock and weather vane being restored. It was a fantastic day, all of the group loved seeing our beautiful pieces up close and having been cleaned and restored, they are just a joy to see. We had a fab day thanks to the very generous Smith Team who looked after us well. All photos by Linda Cataldo, Paul Cataldo or Rachel Page.

The trip group with our clock mechanism in Smith's workshop.
The trip group in Smith’s workshop.

 

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We also ran our Lime Mortar Course for the second year running, in conjunction with Anglia Lime. It was a fab turnout with 12 local residents coming along to learn more about how to use Lime Mortar correctly. Thanks to both Anglia Lime and Heritage Lottery Fund for a great day.

Graham from Anglia Lime demonstrating Hot Lime at our Lime Mortar Course.
Graham from Anglia Lime demonstrating Hot Lime at our Lime Mortar Course. Thanks to Participant Hannah Darby for the image.

A busy week all round! What fantastic progress is being made – a very exciting time for the project.