Search

Scared of heights? Look away now, as photographs show climbers scaling cathedral spire

PUBLISHED: 06:30 05 August 2020

Chris Milford reaches the cockerel with his son Sam close behind at the top of Norwich Cathedral spire. Pictures: DENISE BRADLEY

Chris Milford reaches the cockerel with his son Sam close behind at the top of Norwich Cathedral spire. Pictures: DENISE BRADLEY

Archant

Climbers have scaled the spire of Norwich Cathedral, using only ropes and mountaineering techniques to reach the top.

Chris Milford reaches the cockerel with his son Sam close behind at the top of Norwich Cathedral spire. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYChris Milford reaches the cockerel with his son Sam close behind at the top of Norwich Cathedral spire. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Chris Milford, 72, and his son Sam, who together run the Bristol-based rope access company WallWalkers, have climbed to the top of the cathedral’s 315ft spire to carry out essential repair works.

The last time repairs were made to the top of the structure, which is second in height in England only to Salisbury Cathedral’s spire, was in the 1980s.

The maintenance work being carried out will include replacing damaged stonework and filling in failed mortar between stones of the Grade I listed building which has stood in the city for almost 900 years.

The gold cockerel weather vane, at the very tip of the spire, will also be removed and regilded in gold paint.

Chris Milford reaches the cockerel with his son Sam close behind at the top of Norwich Cathedral spire. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYChris Milford reaches the cockerel with his son Sam close behind at the top of Norwich Cathedral spire. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

WallWalkers specialist rope system, which was set up on August 3, which will be used throughout the restoration project to avoid the need for scaffolding.

Chris, top, and Sam Milford climbing up Norwich Cathedral spire to remove the cockerel at the top for renovation. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYChris, top, and Sam Milford climbing up Norwich Cathedral spire to remove the cockerel at the top for renovation. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Chris Milford reaches the cockerel with his son Sam close behind at the top of Norwich Cathedral spire. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYChris Milford reaches the cockerel with his son Sam close behind at the top of Norwich Cathedral spire. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Chris, top, and Sam Milford climbing up Norwich Cathedral spire to remove the cockerel at the top for renovation. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYChris, top, and Sam Milford climbing up Norwich Cathedral spire to remove the cockerel at the top for renovation. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Chris Milford begins his climb up Norwich Cathedral spire to remove the cockerel at the top for renovation. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYChris Milford begins his climb up Norwich Cathedral spire to remove the cockerel at the top for renovation. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

You may also want to watch:


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Eastern Daily Press. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Eastern Daily Press