Wednesday, August 26, 2020

A Brief Update from Shrewsbury Cathedral

Earlier this year, we reported a few times on the current project to restore the cathedral of Our Lady and St Peter of Alcantara in Shrewsbury, England, a building originally designed by AW Pugin, but completed by his son Edward, and consecrated by Cardinal Nicholas Wiseman in 1856. (Here, here and here.) As you can see in those linked articles, a good deal has already been achieved in terms of undoing a very unfortunate wreckovation from the 1980s. The cathedral administrator, Fr Edmund Montgomery, has written let us know that although the coronavirus lockdown meant little could be done in terms of building work, the planning committee is moving forward, and God designs for the sanctuary will be submitted to the bishop for comment and refinement by early September. Also, a parishioner skilled in graphics and technology, Matthew Spriggs, brought a 3D camera to capture the cathedral; the full scan produced a virtual walk-through which might be of interest. A more developed version showing the stained glass and with labels, commentary etc is in the works.

Screenshots from Mr Spriggs’ website: the restored interior of the cathedral.
A shot of the floorplan, which shows where the beautiful original floors have been rediscovered.
A screenshot of the “dollhouse view” as if one were floating up near the roof.

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