Steeplejack scales 167ft St Mary’s Church spire ahead of repairs

The spire at St Mary's being repaired. Picture: Simon Harvey

The spire at St Mary's being repaired. Picture: Simon Harvey - Credit: Archant

A steeplejack went up a spire in Upper Street last week ahead of important repairs to a historic church building.

Grahame Stone looked out over Islington as he scaled the 167ft structure of St Mary’s Church to check what needed to be done.

More than 70 individual repairs will be carried out to the 18th century building as part of the Heart of Islington project.

The church’s vicar, reverend Simon Harvey said: “We know the steeple needs attention and we need to find out exactly what needs to be done.

“Our architect drew up a long list of defects in the whole church building. Some of the problems are serious.

“Under the project, we will not only repair Islington’s landmark spire but we will make the most of the site for the local community.

“We are talking with local partners to understand how this important historic site can be made even more available. We also want to open up the overgrown gardens on the north side of the church.”