Bordesley Abbey ruins gets £150,000 repairs

Work begins to repair historic Redditch ruins

Work to repair stonework at Redditch’s historic Bordesley Abbey will begin next week following £150,000 funding from Natural England.
The project, being led by Redditch Borough Council, will involve restoring some of the vandalised stonework in the north wall of the nave as well as repairing the monastery night staircase steps. Work will also be carried out on a nearby 200-year-old Hawthorn Hedgerow which will ensure the plant’s healthy growth for the next 100 years.
During the restoration work, the area will be covered with a tent which will help protect the lime mortar as well as help avoid delays during bad weather.
Visitors will still be able to visit the ruins at Forge Mill Needle Museum, in Needle Mill Lane, but will not be able to enter the area where work is taking place.
Cllr Derek Taylor, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, said: “The funding from Natural England will help the Council carry out this vital work, which will not only improve the experiences of visitors to our important heritage site but will mean that it can be enjoyed by generations to come.”
As a ‘scheduled monument’, the medieval Bordesley Abbey is recognised and legally protected by the government as a nationally important archaeological monument. These works are designed to address the ongoing deterioration of the precious fabric of the Abbey, which English Heritage has identified is ‘at risk’.
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