Weeding the Church Roof 2010

On the 26 June 2010, Ed Marshall, James Arrowsmith and Graham Robbins scaled the tower of St Wilfrid's church, Scrooby, to remove the trees which had begun to take root in the stonework of the tower and spire.

The trees and plants were growing on the parapet where the square tower supports the octagonal spire. To get up there we had to climb the old wooden ladder from the tower floor to the clock-winding gallery, then up another older wooden ladder to the bell floor, behind the shuttered windows of the tower. Once on the bell floor, we had another even older wooden ladder to climb, which ended at a narrow hatch, out onto the parapet, daylight, fresh air and height!

The Problem: Tree Growth on St Wilfrid's Church, Scrooby

Tower Exterior showing Tree Growth on St Wilfrids Church, Scrooby
Tower Exterior showing Tree Growth on St Wilfrids Church, Scrooby

Tree Growth on the Parapet of St Wilfrids Church, Scrooby
Tree Growth on the Parapet of St Wilfrids Church, Scrooby

Tree Growth on the Parapet of St Wilfrids Church, Scrooby
Tree Growth on the Parapet of St Wilfrids Church, Scrooby

Weeds Growing on the Stone Roof of the Porch of St Wilfrids Church, Scrooby
Weeds Growing on the Stone Roof of the Porch of St Wilfrids Church, Scrooby

The View from the Parapet of St Wilfrids Church, Scrooby

Looking South-West towards Backwith Hill, Scrooby
Looking South-West towards Backwith Hill, Scrooby

Looking West over the Graveyard, Scrooby
Looking West over the Graveyard, Scrooby

Looking North-West at the Old Vicarage and the Rosamead, Scrooby
Looking North-West at the Old Vicarage and the Rosamead, Scrooby

Looking North-West at the Pilgrim Fathers Pub, Old Vicarage and the Rosamead, Scrooby
Looking North-West at the Pilgrim Fathers Pub, Old Vicarage and Rosamead, Scrooby

Looking North over Scrooby
Looking North over Scrooby

Looking North over Scrooby
Looking North over Scrooby

Looking North-East over the Trees on the Croft, Scrooby
Looking North-East over the Trees on the Croft, Scrooby

Looking East over Mayflower Avenue, Scrooby
Looking East over Mayflower Avenue, Scrooby

Looking South-East over the Old Forge and Low Road, Scrooby
Looking South-East over the Old Forge and Low Road, Scrooby

Inside the Bell Tower of St Wilfrid's Church, Scrooby

Shutters in the Bell Tower of St Wilfrids Church, Scrooby
Shutters in the Bell Tower of St Wilfrids Church, Scrooby

The Inside of the Spire of St Wilfrids Church, Scrooby
The Inside of the Spire of St Wilfrids Church, Scrooby

Bell Frame and Wooden Ladder in the Bell Tower of St Wilfrids Church, Scrooby
Bell Frame and Wooden Ladder in the Bell Tower of St Wilfrids Church, Scrooby

Bell Wheel in St Wilfrids Church, Scrooby
Bell Wheel in St Wilfrids Church, Scrooby

Bell Wheel in St Wilfrids Church, Scrooby
Bell Wheel in St Wilfrids Church, Scrooby

Bell in St Wilfrids Church, Scrooby
Bell in St Wilfrids Church, Scrooby

Bell Date at St Wilfrids Church, Scrooby
Bell Date at St Wilfrids Church, Scrooby

Carved Initials on the Bell Frame of St Wilfrids Church, Scrooby
Carved Initials on the Bell Frame of St Wilfrids Church, Scrooby

Clock Pulleys in St Wilfrids Church, Scrooby
Clock Pulleys in St Wilfrids Church, Scrooby

Clock Weight Cables in St Wilfrids Church, Scrooby
Clock Weight Cables in St Wilfrids Church, Scrooby