We’re currently working alongside Strachey Conservation to restore the weathervane from the spire of Holy Trinity Church in Cleeve, near Bristol. Our brief is to remove and completely restore the weather vane, which looks as if it has had extensive repairs with a variety of materials over it’s lifetime. Martin went on site with James from Strachey where they were met with the difficult task of removing it. The weathervane had been fixed very steadfastly into the top of a beam 4ft below the roof, with a 40ft drop below to the belfry!
Ironart’s restoration plans for the weathervane include removing any corrosion, joining the two halves together with a threaded bar. Martin will remodel the missing cardinal point from scratch using original puddled wrought iron sheet before rivetting it back on. The whole weathervane will be painted to minimise future rusting and the cardinal points will be finished in gold leaf. We’ll post some pics of the finished weathervane here on the blog once it’s done.