Church of England Diocese of Derby Mackworth

Restoration of All Saints' Mackworth - Update - 11 June 2021

11 Jun 2021, 1 a.m.

<span style="font-size: 1rem;">We are nearing the completion of phas</span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">e 1 – the stabilisation of the walls of the church. The final details for the scaffolding have been drawn up and issu</span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">ed for construction. All scaffolding will be completed within 2-3 weeks. The debris clearance is all but complete and once the scaffolding is finished, we will have completed the phase 1 works.</span>

Archaeologist

The Archaeologists have completed their work and have now left site. They are currently compiling a report on their finds but have sent the following interim summary:

“<em>We finished our works on site at All Saints on Wednesday this week. All of our records have been brought back to the office. The material we have retained comprises approximately:</em>

<em>156.95kg of Window glass/lead</em>

<em>11.5kg of Complete roofing slates</em>

<em>19.5kg of timber, including burnt remains, that contains detailed decoration</em>

<em>177.7kg of decorative alabaster fragments</em>

<em>624.3kg of decorative stone remains and stone faced on more than one side</em>

<em>170.5kg of other stone</em>

<em>326.8kg of marble</em>

<em>60.2kg of tile/ceramic building material</em>

<em>19.2kg of ceramic/pottery</em>

<em>227.27kg of iron (much of which will be nails).</em>

<em>97.5kg of other metal pieces.</em>

<em>The total weight of retained material comes to approximately 1,891.42kg.”</em>

Aisle Roofs

The detailed inspection of the remaining timbers to the aisle roofs cannot be undertaken until the scaffolds to these areas are completed. We are also awaiting dates from Historic England as to when they will be able to complete to dendrochronology investigation of the timbers. Therefore, the works to reinstate the aisle roof will not commence until later in the summer once the designs are completed and DAC faculty approval is granted. There will be gap between the end of the phase 1 works and the start of the aisle roof reinstatement.

In the meantime, the bells and clock will be removed for safe storage until funding is made available for their restoration.