Work is well underway with the renewal of the lead on the eastern end of the Nave. Scaffolding is being erected on both sides of the Minster and a temporary roof cover will soon be installed to protect the building as the roof’s boarding, gutters and lead are all renewed. Essential repairs will also be carried out to the oak timbers, lightning protection and fall arrest system.
The project cost of £875,000 is being assisted by a grant of £600,724 from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage. The grant is being administered by Historic England and the Church of England and is part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.
Match funding of £152,000 is being supplied by The Friends of Beverley Minster; £42,000 from Beverley Minster Old Fund; £42,000 from the PCC; and £38,000 from Two Churches One Town Charity.
The main contractor for the work is Messenger Construction Ltd and the work is due to be complete by the end of March 2021.
This Nave project is the second phase of a longer-term repair and conservation strategy for the Minster. It follows the project to re-lead the roof and to repair the stonework of the Lesser South Transept, in part funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, which is due to be complete in January 2021.