Making St Peter's safe

PUBLISHED: 10:47 27 June 2007 | UPDATED: 22:53 28 May 2010

The steeplejack scales the spire to carry out restoration work

The steeplejack scales the spire to carry out restoration work

A STEEPLEJACK has been dodging the torrential rain to carry out essential works to a 106-feet tall church spire which has become dangerous. He has been scaling the spire at St Peter s Church, March, this week to investigate a problem with water leaking th

A STEEPLEJACK has been dodging the torrential rain to carry out essential works to a 106-feet tall church spire which has become dangerous.

He has been scaling the spire at St Peter's Church, March, this week to investigate a problem with water leaking through crumbling mortar.

However, after reaching the top, he discovered the spikes on the four corners of the tower were in such a poor state of repair they could fall to the ground at any time.

The problem is costing the church about £10,000 to put right, money which will have to be found by the congregation.

They are already fundraising for repairs to the church roof, boiler and organ.

It is not known how long it will take for work to be completed.

The Rev Anthony Chandler, rector of St Peter's Church, said: "While the steeplejack was up there he also noticed the pinnacles, small spikes on the four corners of the spire, were about to fall off.

"Those pinnacles have been removed and the steeplejack has taken them to his workshop to repair, and he is in the process of repairing the mortar on the spire.

"The work is being done now because it was dangerous, with pieces that could fall off the church.


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