St Buryan is a busy, friendly, Cornish village, dominated by its huge, Grade I listed collegiate church, ‘the Cathedral of the West’ dedicated to St Buriana, a 5th century Irish Saint. The church has a rare four stage tower, the heaviest ring of six bells in the world, possibly the most impressive medieval rood screen in Cornwall, a magnificent Heard organ, a unique heritage, and more wayside crosses than any other parish in Cornwall. The tower is used as a navigational aid for the ships who are travelling around the Land’s End coast and those who are travelling to the Isles of Scilly.
The project includes the complete re-leading of the roof, a range of remedial work to roofing timbers and a range of masonry and re-pointing work to the tower. The work will ensure this vital, Grade I listed structure is protected and maintained. It is a structure visible for miles around on both land and sea. The peel of bells is of international importance and they are rung by many visiting ringers from throughout the UK and beyond. There is a real danger that the tower may have to close due to the condition of the roof structure. In addition to the physical condition, the tower and church is a backdrop to the village and the residents regard it as their heritage and a centrepiece to St Buryan.
Top tips from completed project feedback:
- We were persuaded by architect to accept cheapest quote - apparently HLF would require it, we would challenge that in hindsight.