Latest News: Fawlty Towers Update
All Saints Tower, Welborne has been hidden under scaffolding since last September and the architect and builders tell us that everything is going well and to plan. We will have to take their word for that because to the untrained eye it looks a mess and nowhere near completion. It has been an interesting restoration so far 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 has been removed, photographed and will be restored before being placed back again.
The weather vane is in a poor state. It looks like it has been used as a shooting target with many bullet holes through the hollow cockerel. The vane is now at the blacksmiths for restoration and should be ready during March. When the builders raked out the 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 has been dug for the toilet and for water to be laid on to the church plus a few pews have been removed and the floor tiles for the kitchenette laid.
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