Cain Ormondroyd has secured consent for the removal of the pews from the nave of Bath Abbey. The decision to approve the removal of the Victorian pews from this Grade I listed building was made by the consistory court of the diocese of Bath and Wells, and upheld recently on appeal, despite opposition from the Victorian Society and other heritage bodies.
The pews had been added as part of a restoration by Sir George Gilbert Scott. The interest they provided was held to be outweighed by the benefits that would flow from their removal in terms of freeing up use of the nave and also in terms of better revealing the medieval dimensions of the nave and the unique collection of Georgian ledger stones currently hidden beneath the pews.
Cain Ormondroyd advised the Abbey and provided representation at a full two day hearing into the proposals, and also drafted submissions opposing the appeal. He was instructed by Clarke Willmott Solicitors.