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.
April to mid-May 2015
The chapel closed following the last evensong of Hilary term and work has progressed quickly. The removal of the furnishings was followed by careful assessing and removal of most of the carvings. The pews were removed, exposing the supporting joists, which were found to be infected with woodworm and rot and, following work in previous centuries, had been supported by bricks.
Scaffolding has been installed, firstly at the east end to allow access to the reredos, and now extending the full length of the chapel, providing several levels for the restorers to work at and revealing in detail some of the work that needs to be carried out.