TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 27th.
Tuesday saw the parish outing to Leicester. This was a two part trip. Initially to the headquarters and works of Norman and Underwood
to watch our recycled lead being melted and recast and then on to the
centre of the city to the Richard III centre and cathedral. There was a
connection in that the managing director of Norman and Underwood had
been the last person to see Richard's bones as he was responsible for
sealing the new lead coffin in which the king's remains were
The work being done on the factory floor was hugely impressive. There
were three operatives who were continually on the go setting up and
casting a huge sheet of lead roughly every 20 minutes. First up the
tray of casting sand had to be prepared and carefully leveled before
the silver stream of molten lead was pushed along to create a sheet of
even thinness which was then rapidly marked out, cut and rolled and
set aside to bring back to Cropredy. This was hard physical work and
represented a curious mixture of the hi-tech furnace and breathing
apparatus with casting methods that date back millennia.
freshly cast lead being cut into manageable sized
The Cropredy crowd mill around admiring everything that was going on.