The east end of Bath Abbey is now clear of pews as Emery Brothers – the local builders with the multi-million-pound task of securing the church floor and building new facilities – get into their stride.
I watched as Fiona started cleaning the surface of the ledger stones that have been uncovered for the first time in one hundred and fifty years.
The job of recording them will get underway next week before they are taken up for the contractors to deal with the cavities that have been found under the floor.
They will gradually work their way around this ancient building over the next two years until the whole interior is stabilised.
Though most of the pews will be returned to the east end, the rest of the building will be left open – as it was when this English gothic perpendicular church was built at the beginning of the 16th century.
While building work continues, the High Altar has been covered and a temporary altar erected on the nave side of the crossing.
It’s on a dais at a spot that may well be used on a regular basis when the Abbey is returned to full use at the end of its Footprint Project.
Emery Brothers are hoping a fan-based ventilating system they are going to install – when the east end is sealed behind a giant dust cover – should obviate the need for wrapping the 1997-installed Klais Organ.
I have been trying out a new device called the Osmo Mobile 2 which turns my mobile into a steady cam.