Restoration Work

A survey of the Minster roof in 2015 identified that the 13th century timber in the lesser transept roof was at serious risk.

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As well as telling the fascinating story of the people who sought refuge in Beverley Minster, we need to make safe the 13th century lesser south transept roof.

The five-year survey in 2015 identified this part of the Minster structure as being a priority for repair and restoration. Serious decay caused by the leaking roof, due to the life-expired lead work, has created water-logged timbers and fungal decay. Sixty leaks were discovered during the survey which reported, “an urgent programme of recovering the high level roof is now a priority for the Minster since the medieval roof timbers are now being put at serious risk”.

The project will

  • renew the lead roof coverings of the south lesser transept
  • adjust gutters to meet current standards
  • repair the timber roof structure
  • repair the eroded stonework

All work planned will

  • reduce negative environmental impacts such as by using natural materials from sustainable sources
  • manage site waste
  • use traditional building materials
  • recycle the lead which will be re-cast
  • use low energy lighting