Blackburn Cathedral ceiling gets a facelift

This Is Lancashire: Blackburn Cathedral ceiling gets a facelift Blackburn Cathedral ceiling gets a facelift

SIXTY-year-old Jim Fairhurst is a modern-day Michelangelo, painting not the Sistine Chapel but the ceiling of Blackburn Cathedral.

And the says that the work, in the spirit of the 16th century genius who decorated the Vatican’s inner sanctum, is the ‘most satisfying’ of his 40-year career as a specialist restorer.

High on the scaffolding above the nave, Jim is bringing back to bright life details and figures, including a boss with a grimacing face complete with teeth in its centre.

Mr Fairhurst said: “This is brilliant.

“It is the most satisfying and interesting work I have done since I started aged 15.

“Just to see these wonderful details and be able to give them new life is a real privilege.”

Dean of Blackburn Christopher Armstrong said: “We have been a given a donation to do this work as part of our £1.25 million fabric restoration.

“With the Queen coming for Maundy Thursday, it seemed a good idea to get it done now.

“I have been up the scaffolding, and there is wonderful stuff up there.

“The face with teeth in the boss is in the tradition of medieval stonemasons who left such items as signatures in hidden places in cathedrals.

“Sometimes they would give gargoyles the face of the current dean.”

Mr Fairhurst works for John Lambert Historic Painting, of Walton Summit, using equipment provided by Kirk Scaffolding of Gorse Street, Blackburn.

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6:06pm Fri 21 Feb 14

abetterblackburn says...

The architectural beauty and decorative interior of Blackburn Cathedral is truly magnificent and it has always been a pleasure to take time to step inside and sit quietly within to contemplate my future steps. There are many such important buildings around our country and like this one it would be a great shame if they were allowed to fall into disrepair. Not being in any way a God fearing person has never stopped me admiring the architecture and the power within whatever that power may turn out to be. May this example of British architecture survive forever despite the alternative beliefs within the skyline that now surrounds it.
The architectural beauty and decorative interior of Blackburn Cathedral is truly magnificent and it has always been a pleasure to take time to step inside and sit quietly within to contemplate my future steps. There are many such important buildings around our country and like this one it would be a great shame if they were allowed to fall into disrepair. Not being in any way a God fearing person has never stopped me admiring the architecture and the power within whatever that power may turn out to be. May this example of British architecture survive forever despite the alternative beliefs within the skyline that now surrounds it. abetterblackburn
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6:39pm Fri 21 Feb 14

mmickk says...

Lt photographer scared of heights or was it a disposable camera very amateurish picture no zoom?
Lt photographer scared of heights or was it a disposable camera very amateurish picture no zoom? mmickk
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