The 19th century tesserae floor

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The Challenge

The 19th century tesserae (mosaic) floor was identified in a 2011 survey of the Cathedral fabric as being “in very poor state and in urgent need of renewal.” At that time it was recommended that repairs were done within two years.

The Solution

It was only when a grant of £200,000 was awarded from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund in March 2015 that the work was able to go ahead. Initially the task was to take out and replace all the grey-green tiles in the Cosmati-style geometric patterns of the floor which had delaminated [separated into layers] over time. In all some 21,000 of these tiles will be conserved or replaced.

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