Repairs to ancient drainage under Cathedral square
Monday 11th September 2017
Works to repair an ancient drain under Exeter’s Cathedral Green begin today, bringing to a close a major project dealing with drainage around the North and West aspects of the gothic Cathedral.
Contractors have arrived on site to fill a void under the ‘West front apron’ - the square in front of the Cathedral entrance - caused by the collapse of a historic drainage system, as Clerk of Works Chris Sampson explains:
“The old brick culvert that acted as a drain for many years has since been used to house a new, lined drainage system for Cathedral Green, which continues to serve us well. These works have been necessitated by the collapse of the old brickwork, leaving a void below the surface of the hard standing”.
The project is expected to last three weeks, and is funded by a grant from the WWI Centenary Fund for Churches and Cathedrals that was announced in 2016. Access to the Cathedral for worshippers, tourists and those attending events will be unaffected.
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