The 2012 Restoration Project - in pictures.

 
The restoration work was carried out by J G RESTORATIONS LIMITED who are based at 4 Hidcot Court, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN25 2ER. Contact details are: MICHAEL BARTOLETTI whose e-mail address is m.bartoletti@btinternet.com
Morrisens Furniture Restorers. Furniture restoration work was carried out by Malcolm Morrisen who is based at East Ilsley, RG20 7LF. Contact details are: e-mail address: malcolm.morrisen@btinternet.com : Tel: 01635 281 349 and Mobile 0799088717.Malcolm Morrisen Furniture Restorer
Ramsbury Stonemasons. Stonework restoration work was carried out by Samuel MacArthur of Ramsbury Stonemasons who are based in Marlborough, Wiltshire. Contact details are: e-mail address: samuel@ramsburystonemasons.co.uk : Tel: 01672 520 713 and Mobile 07812 085785.Ramsbury Stonemasons
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March 29th 2012 - They made it happen - The Builders, Stonemasons, Electricians, Furniture Restorers and Sound Engineers.

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March 29th 2012 - The final push is made to complete the tiling and re-ordering of the Church.

Behind the Choir stalls on the south side flooring is replaced.Behind the Choir stalls on the south side flooring is replaced. Behind the Choir stalls on the north side by the organ flooring is replaced.Behind the Choir stalls on the north side by the organ flooring is replaced. Behind the Choir stalls on the north side by the organ flooring is replaced.Behind the Choir stalls on the north side by the organ flooring is replaced. The Choir stalls on the north side by the organ are reposistioned.The Choir stalls on the north side by the organ are reposistioned. IMG_5162The main floor area is prepared and polished. The main floor area is prepared and polished.The main floor area is prepared and polished. The stonemasons discuss their progress.The stonemasons discuss their progress. The main floor area is prepared and polished again!.The main floor area is prepared and polished again!. The Pews start to reappear.The Pews start to reappear. Tiling around the Ledgerstone is near completion.Tiling around the Ledgerstone is near completion. Stonework for the lectern is complete.Stonework for the lectern is complete. Work begins to clear up the back of the church.Work begins to clear up the back of the church. Work begins to clear up the back of the church.Work begins to clear up the back of the church. Final resiting of the pews.Final resiting of the pews. Final resiting of the pews.Final resiting of the pews. Nearing the end of the work in the Chancel.Nearing the end of the work in the Chancel. Nearing the end of the work in the Chancel.Nearing the end of the work in the Chancel. Nearing the end of the work in the Chancel.Nearing the end of the work in the Chancel. The North Aisle altar takes shapeThe North Aisle altar takes shape The North Aisle altar takes shapeThe North Aisle altar takes shape The William Morris window gets a clean.The William Morris window gets a clean. The Organ pipes have been cleaned and restored and then replaced.The Organ pipes have been cleaned and restored and then replaced. The new tiling in the high altar area.The new tiling in the high altar area. The new tiling in the high altar area.The new tiling in the high altar area. The Lady Chapel door is cleaned and polished.The Lady Chapel door is cleaned and polished. The main Church door is polished and cleaned.The main Church door is polished and cleaned.

March 2012 - The Zinzan tomb is lifted and turned 180 degrees.

The PCC and Diocesan Achaeologist have agreed that the ledger stone covering the Zinzan tomb will be left uncovered. It will be lifted and turned 180 degrees so that the head of the stone is nearest the Altar. The stone covering the tomb of Samuel Norris a past Rector of St Michael's will be recovered with tiles.

Tobi Corney, a professional photographer (see www.tcphoto.co.uk), agreed to take some high quality photographs of the ledger stone and other areas of the Church and these will become available in due course in several forms such as greetings cards. These will go on sale after the restoration is complete.

The uncovered ledger stone is prepared for liftingThe uncovered ledger stone is prepared for lifting The uncovered ledger stone is prepared for liftingThe uncovered ledger stone is prepared for lifting Scaffolding is placed over the stone.Scaffolding is placed over the stone. The lift beginsThe lift begins. The lift beginsThe lift begins The underside of the stone is revealed to a select few.The underside of the stone is revealed to a select few. Nothing is found or seen only a covering of flint stones.Nothing is found or seen only a covering of flint stones. The Ledger stone having been turned and replaced in a straight position.The Ledger stone having been turned and replaced in a straight position. Re-tiling under the choir stalls beginsRe-tiling under the choir stalls begins Tiling completed under the top end of the choir stalls.Tiling completed under the top end of the choir stalls. The remainder of the tiles under the choir stalls is finished.The remainder of the tiles under the choir stalls is finished. The Choir stalls are prepared for re-fitting.The Choir stalls are prepared for re-fitting. The Choir stalls are prepared for re-fitting.The Choir stalls are prepared for re-fitting. The front part of the Choir stalls are now in place.The front part of the Choir stalls are now in place. The front section of the Choir stalls are now in place on this side of the Chancel.The front section of the Choir stalls are now in place on this side of the Chancel. The Stonemason at his work.The Stonemason at his work. The Stonemason rebuilding the lectern stand area.The Stonemason rebuilding the lectern stand area. The Electrician hard at work on the electrical cabinet under the tower.The Electrician hard at work on the electrical cabinet under the tower.
Henry ZinzanJacoba Zinzan (Nee Vanlore)
Zinzan Ledger Stone
Photo by kind permission of Tobi Corney Photography

The Portrait pictures above are of Henry Zinzan and his wife Jacoba and were provided by Trudy Seers a distant relative of the Zinzans. Their origin is unknown.

March 2012 - Tombs are uncovered in the Chancel area.

Whilst clearing the tiles in the chancel, the builder has uncovered two tombs. These tombs have been covered by floor tiles since the 1855 restoration work and have therefore not been seen for over 150 years let alone photographed.

The tombs belong to Henry Zinzan and his wife Jacoba (nee Vanlore) who died in 1676 and 1677 respectively and of Samuel Norris, a past Rector of St Michael's who died in 1710.

Further research of the Zinzan tomb has identified living relatives in Australia (and across the Globe) who, along with many others, have been researching the Zinzan family for many years now. They are obviously excited that we have uncovered long lost family relatives. A book has been prepared from the research work that Michael Swift (a Zinzan family member), who now lives in Australia, has produced, along with photographs of the tomb we have taken and of portraits of Henry Zinzan and Jacoba. The story of the Zinzan family, their links to the crown and how they came to be in Tilehurst makes very interesting reading for those that like family and social history. If you would like to read this book please speak to the Rector.

The uncovered tomb in the ChancelThe uncovered tomb in the Chancel. Looking down the aisle to the main doorway from the tombLooking down the aisle to the main doorway from the tomb A closeup of the Zinzan tombA closeup of the Zinzan tomb The Zinzan heraldic symbols.The Zinzan heraldic symbols. A portrait of Henry_Zinzan - source unknownA portrait of Henry_Zinzan - source unknown A portait of Jacoba Zinzan (nee Vanlore) - source unknownA portait of Jacoba Zinzan (nee Vanlore) - source unknown Sir Sigismund Zinzan - father of Henry Zinzan - source unknownSir Sigismund Zinzan - father of Henry Zinzan - source unknown Samuel Norris - Rector of Tilehurst 1710Samuel Norris - a Rector of Tilehurst 1710

February 2012 - Some cleaning results and laying of wiring..

Finishing touches to some plasterworkFinishing touches to some plasterwork. Cable layingMiles of wiring find their way into the bell chamber Cable layingWiring in the bell chamber wall down to the power distribution box underneath. Mixing cement inside the churchIt's too cold outside to mix cement so it's done inside the church today. Some cleaning work to the Reredos stonework.Results of some cleaning work to the Reredos stonework.

January 2012 - Some of the cleaning results - so far and the miles of cable to lay for the new lighting system.

The East window cleaned stonework The East window cleaned stonework. Some of the 2km of cablingSome of the 2km of cabling. Some of the workersSome of the workers hard at work. Spot the difference 1Spot the difference after cleaning. Spot the difference 2Spot the difference after cleaning.

January 2012 - Inside the church - Early inspection by a Churchwarden.

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January 2012 - Inside the church - Discussions with the Architect.

Churchwarden and Architect checking the rafters.Churchwarden and Architect checking the rafters. DSCN7089 DSCN7088 DSCN7087 DSCN7086 IMG_7494 IMG_7474 IMG_7478 IMG_7483 IMG_7487 IMG_7491 IMG_7493

January 2012 - Inside the church - Clearing of articles that are fragile and important begins.

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January 2012 - Inside the church - The builders begin their work by building scaffolding to the rafters.

RIMG0643 RIMG0642 RIMG0641 Water damage can be seen in the top right had side of the roof.Water damage can be seen in the top right had side of the roof. RIMG0639 The Organ gets moved further back into the old vestry and the pipes are moved for restoration.The Organ gets moved further back into the old vestry and the pipes are moved for restoration. RIMG0633 RIMG0631 RIMG0630 RIMG0629 RIMG0628 RIMG0626 RIMG0625 RIMG0624 RIMG0623 RIMG0622 RIMG0612 RIMG0611 RIMG0610 RIMG0609

January 2012- Inside the church - The Builders begin their work by covering the valuable items that cannot be moved.

The Builders hats praying for forgiveness maybe?The Builders hats praying for forgiveness maybe? Part of the flooring tiles that need to be removed and repaired.Part of the flooring tiles that need to be removed and repaired. The old tiles have been removed for repair.The old tiles have been removed for repair. RIMG0606 RIMG0604 RIMG0603 RIMG0602 RIMG0601 RIMG0600 RIMG0595 Brass plaques on the tower wall that need removing.Brass plaques on the tower wall that need removing. IMG_7336 Churchwarden and Builder discuss progress.Churchwarden and Builder discuss progress. DSCN7100 DSCN7099

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