From April 2015 Trinity’s chapel will be undergoing an extensive programme of renovation and restoration.
In 2010 a report into the state of the chapel revealed that the exquisite Grinling Gibbons carvings, the plasterwork and the paintings were in need of particular attention, alongside a comprehensive programme of cleaning. The organ will be refurbished as part of the programme of works. Works to stabilise the deteriorated stonework on the east wall and deal with problems of damp were undertaken in 2013. Watch a film of the restoration work
Over the course of the last three weeks the chapel has begun to look more like a chapel again.
The pews have been refitted and the candle holders with new LED downlighting are now in place – part of the intricate new lighting scheme. The pews are fitted directly onto the joists, so the carpenters are now beginning the fiddly process of laying the floorboards around the pews.
Most of the carvings have now been refitted, including the panels in the antechapel screen and the prominent starburst panel in the centre of the reredos, the latter being a particularly challenging task. Work continues to complete the refinishing the fixed woodwork, such as the screen and panelling.
It’s hoped that returning and refitting the organ will begin next week; once re-installed the tuning will take some weeks. The delicate limewood carvings have still to be returned to the reredos and then begin the process of the final cleaning of the chapel ready for its reopening.
Posted: 17 February 2016