Update on Burns “Belfry” Church Restoration

Back in 2010, I posted about the work being done on the Burns “Belfry” Church, and again in April this past year.  Recently, work has again resumed on the restoration.  The brick on the front gable has been restored.

The original front window has been restored.  It had been replaced by a door for the past 32 years, per the restoration architect, Tom Howorth (http://misspreservation.com/2012/04/25/update-on-the-burns-belfry-project-in-oxford).

In this 2010 photograph, you can see the appearance of the building prior to work beginning in 2012.

On the bell tower at the front, you can see where the oculus has been missing and the space is covered.  It will apparently soon be replaced.

I am uncomfortable with the glass sitting curbside while awaiting installation, and only hope it is still there and in one piece when the workmen return.  There are also a series of the brick stacks placed alongside the wall, and it is unclear as to their purpose, but I suppose that will be revealed soon enough–once they are placed where they fit, like another piece to the puzzle.

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2 Responses to Update on Burns “Belfry” Church Restoration

  1. Thomas Rosell says:

    The bricks laid up by the circular window look like samples the masons working on the building are required to make. The samples are used to show the color and strike of the mortar joint and the colors of the bricks to make sure everything will match the existing ( or original) work. The samples also show the ability of the mason to match the original work. Some times these samples are laid up on boards or plywood so they can be removed.

    Thanks for updating us on this project!

  2. Suzassippi says:

    Wow, thanks for that information! I have tried to find a picture of the church when still in use, or in its early years. The only one I can find is very small, too small to really see.

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