Project Spotlight….. Chester Cathedral!

Chester Cathedral is a Grade I Listed Church of England cathedral and has been the seat of the Bishop of Chester since 1541. The cathedral has been modified many times and dates from between 1093 and the early 16th century. However, the site itself is believed to have been used for Christian worship since Roman times.

The Cathedral has an east-west axis, with the chancel at the eastern end and the façade to the west. To the north of the cathedral are monastic buildings, including the cloister, refectory and a rectangular chapter house. The chapter house was built between 1230 and 1265.

Aura Conservation were appointed to repair and investigate water damage to the lime plaster to the vaulted ceiling of the chapter house.

Chester Cathedral

The lead flashing to the parapet gutters was renewed to prevent any further water ingress and a balloon guard installed, stopping waste material from blocking the down pipes. Roof timbers were inspected and showed no signs of damage, therefore no further action was required. It was then necessary to leave site for 8 weeks to allow the leak to cure and for everything to dry out before further works could take place.

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Aura returned to site in the summer and inspected the repair to ensure there were no further leaks and the plaster was fully dried out.

The Chapter House has a stained-glass window and grisaille windows dating back to 1882-83. There is also an oak cope cupboard from the late 13th century. Nikolaus Pevsner, Art Historian and author of   The Buildings of England (1951–74), described the interior of The Chapter House as, “a wonderfully noble room” which is “the aesthetic climax of the cathedral”.

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