Scaffolding was removed from the clerestory of Leighton Buzzard’s 12th century All Saints this week as another part of the huge restoration programme at the church reaches completion.
Eight high level stained glass windows have been returned to the building minus a century of grime, with loose glass secured and repaired to prepare it for the next 100 years.
Outside, loose and eroding masonry has been replaced, cement has been changed to lime mortar and the high level battlements reconstructed so that they are now secure.
Now attention moves to the north aisle with one window to restore and more work to be done on the stonework.
“We hope to have the work finished by the summer and then attention will move to the ancient chapel at the north east corner of the church which will be the last of the seven phases of repair identified by our architect following a detailed structural survey of the entire building in 1998,” said Terry Warburton, chairman of the church’s fabric committee.
“The present phase costing nearly £250,000 is entirely funded by All Saints Preservation Trust, representing the donations of many people and we are grateful to all for their continued support”.
The last phase will cost up to £100,000 so the appeal will continue.
If you would like to help, donations can be sent to All Saints Preservation Trust at 30 Hockliffe Street, Leighton Buzzard LU7 1HJ.
More details on their website www.pres.appeal.ukgateway.net.
All Saints is still appealing for unwanted Christmas and birthday presents for its stall at the May Day Fayre. They can be dropped off at Dillamore’s Furnishers in the High Street.