The Speaker and Dean of Westminster view St Margaret’s restoration work
Tuesday, 29th September 2020
The Speaker of the House of Commons, the Right Honourable Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP, and the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle viewed restoration work on Monday 28th September at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster which has returned the church to its former glory.
Sir Lindsay and Dr Hoyle stood on the lower roof of St Margaret’s, affectionately known as the ‘parish church of the House of Commons’, to see the completed project which has seen the parts of the church under scaffolding since 2016.
The building work involved the painstaking removal of external stonework on the church’s tower to allow the rusting ironwork beneath to be replaced with stainless steel. The pieces of Portland stone, each measuring between 350mm - 500mm high (14 - 20 inches) and 900mm -1200mm long (3 – 4 feet), and weighing 100kg - 200kg, were then re-laid or replaced if damaged.
One of the trickier aspects of the project was the removal of a thick iron band, clad in lead, which formed a supportive ring around the tower. This had to be removed and replaced whilst the craftsmen replicated the tension it gave to the structure by strapping its outside.
An 18th-century clock which was removed from the tower in the 1970s has also been re-installed having been discovered in the early 2000s languishing in one of the Abbey’s yards. It has been lovingly restored and put back in its original location.