The Friends of St. Peter's Berkhamsted

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The Secrets of the Lady Chapel Roof

rafters in the Lady Chapel roof space

The Lady Chapel is one of the oldest parts of St Peter’s Church, built probably in the first quarter of the 13th century. The stone vaulting of the roof is an early example of rib-vaulting.

For many years there has been structural movement in the Lady Chapel and monitoring over the past 15 years has shown that the east wall is slowly but progressively leaning outward. The visible evidence of this movement is a gap above the more northerly window in the east wall.

Architectural monitoring over the past 15 years has shown that the east wall is slowly but progressively leaning outward. The St Peter’s Buildings Committee has been investigating ways of alleiviating the problem of structural movement in the Lady Chapel, and have been looking for solutions in the roof space between the stone vault of the Lady Chapel and the lead covered timber roof above it.

You can read about the fascinating glimpses of the past that have been uncovered in this area in this month’s Friends Newsletter.


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