THEY CLIMBED 15 ladders to get there, so far as Tony Higgs, chapter steward
of Gloucester Cathedral, can remember, “though there may have
been two or three more”.
But it was worth it, with a glass of bubbly and a blessing to celebrate the
“topping out” of the conservation work on the Eastern Tower of the south
transept, and the placing of a cross on top of it.
The original damage is thought to have been caused by lightning, and it has
cost £175,000 to repair, 40 per cent of which has come from English Heritage,
and the rest from the cathedral trustees.
Most of those who celebrated were the stonemasons who had worked on the
project, together with the Dean of Gloucester, the Very Revd Nicholas Bury
(front right), who gave the blessing; the architect, the consultant engineer,
and Mr Higgs (hidden).
Although it has been the culmination of 12 months’ repair work on the south
transept, the masons will continue working on the buttresses of the south aisle
for the rest of the year.