Wednesday 27th March (two days ahead of the official schedule) saw the start of the scaffolding being dismantled to reveal the restoration work in all its glory. It took several days to remove everything, but as the bulk of the work had been done on the top third of the tower, the inquisitive residents of Shefford were able to see the results of this highly ambitious project by the end of the first day.
Of course, none of this would have been possible without the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, All Churches Trust, the Beds & Herts Historic Churches Trust, the Francis Coales Charitable Foundation, and the Steel Charitable Trust.
So, here are some photos of the 'Big Reveal':
Simply beautiful, and having been privileged to see the work close-up from the scaffolding in February, I am confident that this restoration will secure the fabric of this beautiful tower for many generations to come.
Photographs: Nick Rogers ,Patricia Goulding, Stephen Lines
Author: Stephen Lines
Date: 27th March 2019