One year of The Canterbury Journey: A New Roof
Canterbury Cathedral is coming up to the end of the first year of the Canterbury Journey and we will be sharing all the progress that has been made so far.
A major milestone in The Canterbury Journey has been reached as the first of the new lead panels are going on to the Nave roof.
One of the main aims of the project is to re-lead the roof of the Nave to make it watertight for the next hundred years and more.
Each lead panel, weighing an average 67kg (10.6 stone), was taken off the roof and re-smelted at a plant based in Leicester. The images below show the process – some of which is super secret!
While the lead was being worked in Leicester, timber repairs were carried out by Dolmen Conservation Ltd – a specialist carpentry contractor. Old rotten battens and other timbers were removed and new ones made from air-dried English Oak sourced from Kentish Woodlands.
The white ‘tent’ that currently forms a temporary roof over the Nave will be peeled back after the winter to reveal the first section of the new roof, while work continues on the next section.
The Canterbury Journey
The Canterbury Journey is a £24.7 million development funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (£13.8 million) and donations from private and charitable sources (£10.9 million).
As well as repairs to the Nave roof, the Cathedral’s West Towers and the Christ Church Gate will be repaired and restored. The Precincts will be landscaped to enable better access and enhance their appearance.
Find out more about The Canterbury Journey here