I have posted previously on the inspection of the domes of the vault; the results of that insepection are now becoming clear, and it is a sobering picture. Of the four domes, three are protected by a mesh that has helped proetect their surfaces, and has stopped debris from falling. On the picture below, the mesh can be seen as a series of rectangular lines:
However, in many parts, the mesh is coming loose. The image below shows deterioration in one of the joining strips:
Even more worrying, perhaps, is the state of the concrete and brickwork, where vibration from wartime bombs, daily traffic nearby, and even the Grand Organ, have opened cracks:
For much of 2008, scaffolding will be erected in the nave of the Cathedral for this urgent work. Our task is to find funding for it - the lower end of the cost will be £1 million, and when other factors are taken into account (we will not, for example, be able to hold concerts, so there will be a loss of earnings), the figure for this work alone will be nearer £2 million. We have applied for an English Heritage grant, but otherwise will be seeking finding from donors. A huge task ahead!