Christ Church damaged spire in Bristol assessed for repairs

Christ Church Clifton, Bristol
Image caption Christ Church has been shut since high winds damaged the spire

Structural engineers are examining a 213ft (65m) church spire in Bristol to assess damage that has forced the building to close for safety reasons.

Christ Church in Clifton has been shut since the week after Easter after high winds damaged the spire.

Mortar around the top of the spire is believed to have fractured, causing the top to lean towards the church roof.

Parts of Clifton Down Road surrounding the church have had to be closed to ensure public safety.

Image caption Parts of the roads surrounding the church have had to be closed to ensure public safety

The vicar of Christ Church, the Reverend Paul Langham, said he is hopeful a stone mason will be able to make a temporary repair allowing the building and roads to be reopened.

Image caption Structural engineers are examining the damage to the spire from a hydraulic platform

Once the engineers have carried out their assessment a more detailed plan can be made for lasting repairs to be carried out.

Image caption View from the top of the 213ft (65m) spire looking across Clifton towards East Dundry

The last time work was carried out on the steeple was in the mid-1980s.

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