Fawlty Towers Update
Great News: The Fawlty Tower project is now complete. However, following the success of last summers Historic Building Restoration workshops further workshops are to be held this spring.
For more information on these and an opportunity to learn some of the techniques used in the restoration process, please see the Historic Building Workshops leaflet.
All Saints Tower, Welborne, was hidden under scaffolding for over a year whilst the building was restored – fortunately all went well and today the church looks magnificent, hopefully set for another few hundreds years service.
It was an interesting restoration with graffiti being found in the lead on top of the tower; names, initials and dates going back to the 1700’s. All of which were removed, photographed and restored before being placed back again.
The weather vane was in a poor state. It looked like it had been used for target practice with many bullet holes through the hollow cockerel. The vane was repaired by the blacksmiths and now has pride of place at the top of the top of the tower looking resplendent in its coating of gold leaf.
When the builders raked out cracks in the four foot thick tower walls it was found that in the past anything that had been available, such as a broken mill stone, old bricks, pieces of stone urn and old window frame etc. were used as infill. Drainage was also dug for the installation of a toilet and for water a water supply to the church. Aside from the restoration work, new work was carried out with the installation of a new (and hidden!) kitchen.
Please see the restoration gallery for a few images of the historical findings. The Fawlty Tower Restoration Gallery
Heritage Lottery Fund award £215,100 towards the Fawlty Tower Project – See “Good News” newsletter below.
“Welborne – A place of No Importance” by Joy Esberey and Brenda Baxter is now available to read via the website. See Below for details
The Battle for Fawlty Tower is on…..
The church tower is now in need of restoration and to help with this work plans are in place to secure Heritage funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Further information can be found below:
Fawlty Tower Restoration: By kind permission of the authors, and in conjunction with the National Lottery funded All Saints Church Tower project, the book; Welborne – A place of No Importance by Joy Esberey and Brenda Baxter is now available to read via the website.
Please see Welborne – A place of No Importance