Repairs to ancient drainage under Cathedral square

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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