Beverley Minster
Yorkshire

Nicholas Hawksmoor carried out very extensive repairs to Beverley Minster in the 18th Century, and Gilbert Scott overhauled parts of the church in the 19th Century. Other 20th century works have included strengthening of the major transept roofs as well as extensive stone cleaning and repairs.

A series of carbon fibre rods and measuring gauges have been installed throughout the church roofs so that any future movements can be detected quickly.

Hawksmoor and Scott both installed ties to the roof timbers to restrain the spreading of the Nave; neither were successful. We investigated and discovered that the origin of the movement was the gradual deterioration of the chalk foundations. All the buttresses to the Nave were grouted by Fondedile in 2005.

We have advised on repairs and maintenance to the Grade I listed Minster since 1985, including the replacement of the font cover lifting mechanism with a delicately weighted system in the aisle roof that allows the ornately carved, and heavy, timber font cover to be lifted with a single finger.

Project Information

Client

Trustees of the Minster Old Fund

Architect

Carden & Godfrey

Value

£100,000

Photography

Ian Fussell

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