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The state of the lead covering to the Presbytery external roof was a great cause for concern. It was last re-leaded in the 1890s and although repeated patched repairs had been done over the decades, the roof was leaking and regularly creating puddles on the Presbytery floor.
To resolve this pressing issue, an enormous temporary roof was erected over the East End of the Cathedral to enable the lead to be removed, re-cast and relaid. Around 50 tonnes of lead were required to repair the roof and the work was completed in April 2016.