Cathedrals, Abbeys and Ecclesiastical Buildings

 

We undertake internal and external building works to Cathedrals and Abbeys across the South West. In 2016 we were proud to have worked on six of the South West's cathedrals including, Wells, Bristol, Salisbury, Chichester, Gloucester and Worcester. We have also repaired Abbeys including Downside Abbey.

We undertake large internal alterations to improve accessibility and visitor experience, through to structural conservation and repair of roofs, timbers and masonry. We can repair and clean decorative features using conservation mortar mixes and gentle poultice methods to protect the natural stone. Our Director of Conservation can provide additional specialist advice. Most heritage projects require a range of skills which we can provide. Our clients know that we work with both sensitivity and care.

Related Case Studies

Arundel Cathedral Arundel, West Sussex

Arundel Cathedral Arundel, West Sussex

Conservation and reconstruction of a lead gothic-revival church spire.

This Gothic Revival Church completed in 1873 has a prominent lead-clad timber-framed spire (or flèche). The original flèche had been replaced with a glass fibre clad, steel-framed structure in the 1970s. Following gale damage this was flexing and water was penetrating the building.

Downside Abbey roof, Somerset

Downside Abbey roof, Somerset

Extensive restoration of the Downside Abbey’s metal church roofs.

In preparation for the Abbey’s bicentenary we were commissioned to replace the pitched copper, lead and slate tile roofs of the Grade I listed Abbey Church, restoring them to their former glory. In addition, a fine stained glass windows was repaired and masonry cleaned.

Downside Abbey Tower, Somerset

Downside Abbey Tower, Somerset

Repair of the copper roof of the bell tower at Downside Abbey and installation of internal mezzanine floor levels.

Ellis and Co was commissioned to repair the roof and undertake structural work to Downside Abbey’s bell tower.

Exeter Cathedral Pearson Cloister, Exeter

Exeter Cathedral Pearson Cloister, Exeter

Re-roofing the Victorian Gothic Pearson Cloister and South Range.

Exeter Cathedral is one of the nation’s finest example of decorated gothic architecture and receives 250,000 visitors each year. The circa 1887 Pearson Cloister, built on the site of an earlier medieval cloister, houses the Cathedral’s education facility.

Gloucester Cathedral Reordering

Gloucester Cathedral Reordering

Creation of a welcome visitor experience at Gloucester Cathedral

HLF funded Project Pilgrim set out to improve access at Gloucester Cathedral and create a welcoming experience for visitors. The project included both interior and exterior works including roofing and masonry repairs.   

Truro Cathedral, Truro

Truro Cathedral, Truro

A programme of major roof repairs to the original roof of this Gothic Revival Cathedral.

This spired cathedral was built between 1800 and 1910 and its original slate roof had not been repaired since its construction.  Over 46 weeks Ellis and Co repaired the vaulted roofs.

Wells Cathedral, Wells

Wells Cathedral, Wells

Roof conservation and repairs.

An impressive 12th Cathedral in the heart of the City of Wells. The western half of the north nave aisle roof is laid with lead and had suffered from severe water ingress. Between March and Oct 2015 Ellis and Co repaired the roofs under the instruction of Nick Cox Architects.

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