St Leonards of Middleton was a great win for Heritage as the project included a lot of intricate stonemasonry work, and is another job in which the juxtaposition of old and new creates such impactful aesthetics (as can be seen in the gallery below).
On the upper half of the Tower, a new stone slate roof was relaid with new lead valleys, the Timber panelling was repaired and the Weathervane was painted and regilded in new gold leaf.
The surrounds of the Clocks on the Tower were replaced with new hardwood surrounds and redecorated to match the existing profile and the existing fixings were replaced with new stainless-steel brackets tying it back to the masonry.
Masonry and repointing works were carried out to the Tower, South Aisle, and the North and South Clearstory walls. Existing stone sections were carefully removed, brought back to the workshop to be used as templates for our stonemasons to carve replacement stone. The new pieces have the intricate details which had been lost on the existing stone due to decay over the years, and Heritage are proud to have helped bring this beautiful church back to life.
Internally a re-ordering project was carried out, creating new toilets and a new kitchen area. Materials were sourced to ensure the new décor was in-keeping with the Church, but with a more modern twist as part of St Leonards desire to create and maintain a more versatile space to be used by all.