The Mingary Castle restoration blog was written by Jon Haylett, who lives in the local village of Kilchoan. Now that restoration is almost complete Holly and Chris Bull will take over to report on bringing the Castle back to life.
Saturday, 27 September 2014
Progress in the Chapel
Deep inside the north curtain wall, the builders have been steadily working away in the chapel area. Readers may remember that, at some point in Mingary's history, this had been infilled in order to strengthen the wall once cannon had been introduced as a siege weapon.
The transformation has been remarkable. When I first entered the room, water was dripping from the ceiling, and, despite the steel props everywhere, it felt as if, at any moment, the whole roof would collapse on us.
No such fears today! Reinforced concrete lintels, held in place by lengths of steel with L-shaped cross section which have been bolted to the walls, have been manoeuvred in to hold up the ceiling. Above this is a layer of damp-proof membrane so, although there are still one or two drips coming through, the place is drying out.
The outer wall, which had been severely damaged by cannon fire, has been rebuilt and pointed. Huge chunks of oak now form the lintel above the unique double lancet window. The space is now almost ready to be transformed into its modern use, as two bathrooms.