Phase One of Bath Abbey’s multi-million-pound Footprint Project has involved the lifting of several hundred memorial stones from the floor around the East end window.
The city’s parish church is unique is being able to boast a total of 891 such objects – more than any other floor in the country.
Over the next two years they will all have to come up as local contractors Emery Brothers get down to stabilising the floor and laying underfloor heating – using the heat energy from Bath’s thermal springs.
Many of the stones are damaged and will need repair – and some restoration – before they are eventually re-laid. That’s where the experts from Sally Strachey Conservation – based at Wells in Somerset – come into play.
I caught up with Site Manager, Sam Clayson for a chat. He and his colleague, Lee Hargreaves, have quite a job in front of them over the next 24 months.