March 2017 – With the funding now in place for the tower restoration, the building work phase of the Upwards for Marsham project can begin. This informal blog will record and illustrate what’s going on at All Saints, Marsham…
21st March 2017 – Architect Ruth Brennan inspects the tower…
28th March 2017 – Work to install the new water supply to the church is underway. A new pipe has been installed running up Church Lane and across the churchyard initially to a temporary standpipe outside the church.
Having an on-site water supply will be invaluable for the tower restoration work and is a long term project goal for both the planned kitchenette and the new toilet facilities.
4th April 2017 – Work has begun to install a trench arch drain to service the new church facilities. The picture (below) shows the excavated trench with blockwork in place before the concrete slabs were laid on top to create a tunnel.
All excavations at the church are overseen by professional archaeologists who ensures that any ancient remains are handled properly. They also catalogue and identify any artefacts that may be unearthed. Our friendly archaeologist Giles Emery (of Norvic archaeology) kindly shared a first glimpse of some of the interesting finds with us (see slideshow below) before he took them away for a more detailed examination and definitive identification.
26th April 2017 – The main part of the work to restore the tower gets underway as the scaffolding begins to be erected.
4th July 2017 – Lots of progress at the church when we were allowed to view the work so far on the tower.