Centuries-old railings of Minster being restored to former glory

Good as new: from left: heritage officer Sheena Campbell, Grant Stott, of Stott Thompson Architects and Gillian Farr, of the Minster
Good as new: from left: heritage officer Sheena Campbell, Grant Stott, of Stott Thompson Architects and Gillian Farr, of the Minster

WORK is under way to restore the historic wrought-iron railings surrounding Halifax Minster’s churchyard.

The railings, some of which are close to 200 years old, were becoming badly weathered, loose and potentially dangerous in places.

They are being repaired using traditional forging techniques and reclaimed wrought iron is being used to build up the weathered sections and replace missing pieces.

The historic stonework that supports the railings has also suffered weathering and damage over the years,and will also be repaired.

The work, being carried out by York-based Lanstone Conservation, is the final phase of a long-term scheme to restore the grounds of the Grade I listed building.

The Minster and Calderdale Council have been working together on the project, which has seen pedestrian access improved and stone walkways restored.

It has been funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, through the Townscape Heritage Initiative, with a contribution from SITA Trust’s Landfill Communities programme.

Canon Hilary Barber, vicar of Halifax, thanked all who had been involved.

He said: “We are very pleased with the work that is being carried out on the refurbishment of the railings.”

Halifax Civic Trust said it fully supported the improvements to the environs of the historic building.