Major conservation repair works are ongoing at St Vincentís Church in Caythorpe, Lincolnshire. Those who have been through (or passed) the village in the last three months will have seen the scaffolding that is cloaking the tower and spire of the church.
One of the major pieces of work has been to remove two iron bands bedded in the stonework of the spire. Iron was used by the Victorians to add strength to structures, but over the years it has rusted and is slowly pushing the stone apart. If left in place this could have caused serious structural damage to the spire, although removing it was not an easy task.
The spire has also been fully repointed, and as the works progresses, the tower will also be repointed, and various other elements of stonework will be repaired. The clock faces are currently off site for re-gilding, while the south transept will be re-roofed.
The project is being grant aided by English Heritage and by Wren, and should be completed by February 2014.