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GALLERY 6- RESTORATION WORK 2004 - 2005

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WORK BEING CARRIED OUT ON RESTORING THE OUTER WALL BORDERING ON HIGH STREET
18 DECEMBER 2004.

FOBT made an additional grant of £3,500 available to carry out some additional work over and above that funded by the £25,000 grant released by WREN after FOBT had paid £2,750 in tax credits to release the WREN funding.

In this picture the restoration of the main part of the wall has been completed. However, some of the crenellations still have to be restored.

1.   In this picture the restoration of the main part of the wall has been completed. However, some of the crenellations still have to be restored.

Having removed the old bricks, new ones have been put in place awaiting the insertion of mortar.

2.    Having removed the old bricks, new ones have been put in place awaiting the insertion of mortar.

This picture shows a badly damaged area of wall that needed a lot of bricks replacing.

3.   This picture shows a badly damaged area of wall that needed a lot of bricks replacing.

Work in progress in replacing bricks.

4.    Work in progress in replacing bricks.

Old mortar and cement removed from crenellations.

5.    Old mortar and cement removed from crenellations.

Chipping out the old mortar and cement on the crenellations.

6.   Chipping out the old mortar and cement on the crenellations.

Chipping out the old mortar and cement on the crenellations.

7.   Chipping out the old mortar and cement on the crenellations.

Some of the old cement (the cause of much of the damage) is extremely difficult to remove and here a grinder is being used to remove it.

8.  Some of the old cement (the cause of much of the damage) is extremely difficult to remove and here a grinder is being used to remove it.

Cement removal on the Outer Gatehouse.

9.   Cement removal on the Outer Gatehouse.

More crenellation work. Notice the different colours of the wall. The wall on the left of the picture is where work has been completed. That on the right of the picture has yet to be restored.

10.   More crenellation work. Notice the different colours of the wall. The wall on the left of the picture is where work has been completed. That on the right of the picture has yet to be restored.

    A close up of some of the work repairing damage to the crenellations.

11.   A close up of some of the work repairing damage to the crenellations.

This picture taken on 5 February 2005 shows that work on the brickwork around the gateway in the Inner Gatehouse has also been finished.        A closer view of the restoration of the outer wall of the Outer Gatehouse.

12 and 13.   These pictures taken on 5 February 2005 show that work on the brickwork around the gateway in the Inner Gatehouse has also been finished.

 

STORM DAMAGE TO SOUTHERN WALL OF INNER GATEHOUSE - 30 AUGUST 2004

FOBT made a grant of £3,000 available in January 2005 to enable this damage to be repaired.

The affected wall before the damage caused by the August 2004 storms.
14.   The affected wall before the damage caused by the August 2004 storms.
Damage around the oriel window shored up   Damage around the oriel window shored up
15 and 16.    Damage around the oriel window shored up
Closer views of the damage around the oriel window   Closer views of the damage around the oriel window
17 and 18. Closer views of the damage around the oriel window
This and the next 3 pictures taken on 5 February 2005 show that work has commenced on repairing the storm damage to the Oriel window in the south wall of the Inner Gatehouse.
19.   This and the next 3 pictures taken on 5 February 2005 show that work has commenced on repairing the storm damage to the Oriel window in the south wall of the Inner Gatehouse.
The removal of damaged bricks to the left of the window has been completed and the new ledge at the bottom of the window has been completed.     Another view of the repaired damage.
20 and 21.   The removal of damaged bricks to the left of the window has been completed and the new ledge at the bottom of the window has been completed.
The damage to the left of the window ready to be repaired.
22.  The damage to the left of the window ready to be repaired.
This and the next three pictures were taken on 12 February 2005 show that work on restoring the storm damage to the Oriel window in the south wall of the Inner Gatehouse had been completed. Work completed.
23 and 24.  These and the next two pictures were taken on 12 February 2005 show that work on restoring the storm damage to the Oriel window in the south wall of the Inner Gatehouse had been completed.
The restoration work to the left of the window can clearly be seen in this picture.
25.   The restoration work to the left of the window can clearly be seen in this picture.
The restoration work to the sill beneath the window can clearly be seen in this picture.
26.  The restoration work to the sill beneath the window can clearly be seen in this picture.
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