Return of the Sweeps 2017
By early 2016, the Sweeps had seriously deteriorated since their construction in 2002 and needed urgent attention. They were removed by the millwrights Owlsworth IJP to their workshop near Reading where three were repaired but they found it necessary to build a fourth one from scratch. The set was delivered to Cranbrook and installed at the end of June 2017.
Tuesday 27th was spent preparing and painting the stocks; the four sweeps were raised and bolted to the stocks on Wednesday and one of the clamps, which reinforce the stocks and had split, was replaced. On Thursday, backstays between sweeps and stocks were fixed and the push-rods and steel linkages, which enable the shutters to be opened and closed remotely, were connected - well nearly!
A return visit is needed next Wednesday to complete the job.
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