Chelmsford Cathedral’s newly renovated tower has finally been revealed.
The tower, a landmark on the city skyline and part of Chelmsford’s only Grade I listed building, has been covered in scaffold since April. This week, at the start of Advent, the project has finally been completed and the scaffolding removed.
The tower project was funded by a £268,622 grant from the government’s WW1 Cathedral Repair Fund. The work has included repairing and replacing by hand the intricate flintwork which is now visible from the ground. Passers-by can also now see the re-gilded clock face and replacement stonework.
The project has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to restore the tower for the next generation. It is unlikely that the tower will be scaffolded for at least another 50 years.
The Dean of Chelmsford, the Very Revd Nicholas Henshall, said: “It’s a wonderful sight to see the tower looking at its best and back where it belongs on the city skyline. It’s a privilege to be the guardians of this beautiful building which is known to so many as a place of worship, a place for performance and a place of welcome. If you’ve been watching the progress of the project, come and see the final result and join us at one of our Christmas services!”
To celebrate the completion of the work, the call to prayer will be re-introduced. The tower bell will toll at 8.15am and 5.15pm each day for morning and evening prayer or evensong to which all are welcome.