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New Tower Access Ladder – completed November 2015

Completed November 2015 – cost £13,223.00

The project to replace the old ladder providing access from the tower bell chamber to the tower roof has now been completed (November 2015)

The previous tower access ladder, although still structurally sound, fell significantly short of current safety standards. It was nearly 17ft high and exceptionally steep (72°) with no handrail (see pictures below) Quite terrifying! – and totally unsuitable for public access.

The proposed solution was for a new “L” shaped wooden staircase at 54° with intermediate and top landing and 900mm balustrade. This would allow for safe public access and provide an opportunity for public tower tours to raise additional funds.

Work started on the improvements at the end of October 2015 and the pictures below show work in progress during November.

More views of work in progress 10th November 2015:

The newly-completed ladder construction is shown below:

Bell chamber stairs complete 2

The stairs were made and installed by “Essex Woodcraft” of Colchester.

Whilst the work was being done it was noticed some remedial work was required to steel girders; they have been strengthened by Mersea metalworkers “Duncan Pittock Engineering” (using re-positioned scaffolding which was already on-site for the stairs).

Scaffolding by “DTE Scaffolding” of Copford.

Tower views – a taste of things to come!  Martin Wade and Brian Jay taking pictures of the harbour entrance from the top of the Church
Tower earlier this year.

Tower Views - picture courtesy of West Mersea Parish Church Newsletter
Tower Views – picture courtesy of West Mersea Parish Church Newsletter
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