With thousands of tourists – every year – stopping to pose for a picture in front of the West Door of Bath Abbey it’s not surprising to hear that damage can be done.
Accidental or deliberate – we don’t know – but part of the carved decoration on these 17th century commemorative oak doors was seen to be broken off.
The elaborately carved doors were a gift from the Lord Chief Justice, Sir Henry Montagu to celebrate his brother, Bishop James Montagu who was Bishop of Bath and Wells from 1608 to 1616. Each door bears an heraldic shield for each of the brothers.
They symbolically come together when the doors are closed.
Not sure who has done the repair but the before and after show how well it has been done.