St Mary’s Church, Upper Street
Restoration of the portico frieze
Before restoration in 2018, the portico was in poor structural condition and in need of urgent repair. Iron cramps in the structure had corroded, expanding and damaging the surrounding masonry. There was a leaking asphalt roof, some of the stonework had been dislodged and the stone was spalling.
The restoration project included dismantling, recording, labelling and then reinstating much of the portico structure, replacing iron cramps with new stainless steel cramps and repairing the Portland stone.