Inside St Peter’s, the walls were “scraped” in the 1850s. The Victorians removed the light coloured plaster which would have covered most internal walls revealing stones pointed with a dark fly-ash mortar. The pointing is rigid and does not move as the building responds to changes in weather.
As a result, the pointing has worked loose and pieces often drop to the floor.
We are seeking contractors to rake out the loose pointing and to reinstate a light coloured plaster on most of the internal walls. In addition to reducing the risk of loose plaster falling on worshippers this will make the church feel lighter and more user-friendly.