The Parish Church of St Mary, Mepal
The Parish Church of St Mary in Mepal is a small Grade 2* listed Anglican Church which traces its history back to C13 but received major restoration during the end of C19 and beginning of C20.
Concerns where expressed bout the stability of the bellcote of the church since it had been observed to sway when the wind was strong, even without the ringing of the bell. After a close inspection of the bellcote’s masonry and the structure of the bell, it was discovered that the pointing and masonry had cracked because of the rusty fixings of the bell frame. The entire mechanism was removed and refurbished before it was rehang with new stainless steel fixings in the wall to avoid similar problems in the future.
Further to that, the opportunity was given to rectify a variety of issues around the roof of the building such as extensive moss growth, slipped tiles, failed pointing and deteriorated stones.
After addressing all of the above and the roof tiles were scrapped clean and repairs, strips of copper were discreetly installed which should help to reduce the grown of moss to the roof and thus, improve its durability and lifespan.
Main Contractor: Cambridge Stonecraft Ltd.