Friday, September 06, 2013

St Mary de Castro's spire is in a dangerous state

From the Leicester Mercury today:
The area surrounding St Mary de Castro church will be closed to the public from tomorrow after the building’s spire was found to be in a dangerous state. 
Leicester City Council engineers revealed there was an imminent danger of the 15th century spire collapsing and agreed, with the church, to close Castle View – a pedestrian route – and surrounding area. 
Preparatory work will start tomorrow to make the spire safe, before the job of removing it begins. 
A council spokesman said its building control officers have written to the Parochial Church Council (PCC), which runs St Mary de Castro, urging them to undertake the project as soon as possible. 
The work could take up to six months to complete and will cost at least £200,000 to carry out.
I wrote about St Mary de Castro, the church where the four-year-old Henry VI was knighted, last September.

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