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finding a common mind among the pillars

Thing is, what is more  important? Making your church comfortable, warm and fit for purpose ( at a realistic price) or refraining from any action which may interfere with medieval heritage?

Tricky one. Little Paxton  Church standing commmitte  were very grateful  for the visit of the Ely DAC ( Diocesan Advisory Committee) who came out to comment on a clutch of proposals to make changes in the building which will make it more flexible for use, warmer and more comfortable.  One proposal raises the floor level to assist in the introduction of under floor heating and s smooth level surface throughtout the building. But this might well interfere with the view of the pillar bases which are undoubtedly very old. Back to the drawing board or persevere with the original idea and try and push it through?

I think it is 100% good thing we have the advice of bodies like the DAC and English Heritage ( who were also present and very helpful) – they have given us many ideas we may not have come up with ourselves and Im sure in the end we shall find a common mind  on the way forward.


Members of Ely DAC in deliberation.

July 13, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. We actually had a proposal to raise the floor but glass around one of the pillars so that the base could be seen and admired at DD which got through faculty etc. This is a comparatively minor addition to the plan which hopefully solves your problem.

    Comment by Allrevedup | July 13, 2009 | Reply

  2. Much appreciate your comment allrevedup – I will pass on to those who might like to know that way forward. It all takes such a long time though… I wonder what you felt the benefits of raising the floor were?

    Comment by paxtonvic | July 14, 2009 | Reply

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