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Published: 11 Aug 2017   updated: 14 Sep 2017

Beginning in August 2017, Ely Cathedral are carrying out some major repairs to the South Nave Aisle roof above The Stained Glass Museum. We apologise for any disruption or inconvenience to visitors. The Stained Glass Museum will remain open to Visitors for the majority of the works, but please note that the Museum will be closed to visitors from 14 August until 21 September. Ely Cathedral Tower Tours are unaffected. We anticipate the work will be complete in Spring 2018.

Scope of Works

The conservation project focuses on essential repairs required to the South Nave Aisle, specifically internal and external repairs to the South Nave triforium. Grant funding from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund has been secured towards this project, with additional funding coming from The Headley Trust.

There are three key aspects to the project:

  • The re-ordering of the leaking South Nave Aisle roof and replacement of the rainwater goods
  • The partial re-leading and repair of the quarry-glazed South Nave triforium windows including mullion and tracery repairs
  • The cleaning, repointing and repair of the high-level masonry to the South Nave Aisle elevation

A significant part of the project and of the highest priority is the re-leading of the South Nave Aisle roof above the Stained Glass Museum which requires urgent attention.

The second major package of work to be undertaken is the conservation and repair of the South Nave Aisle triforium windows. This will include removal of the leaded light glazing to a glazier's workshop for cleaning and repair, as well as the repair of the defective masonry to the windows which has suffered from corrosion of iron through bars.

The repair of stonework to the remainder of the triforium elevation will include the careful cleaning of the blackened masonry and removal of any vegetation, the renewal of any failed pointing and careful replacement of defective stones.