|Great Horwood History||
It is difficult to realise what the church looked like just after the work of restoration was begun. The chancel and porches were entirely open to the sky; the roof of the nave was taken away except the main rafters and beams; the building was like a skeleton and a ruin with heaps of debris everywhere.
The lead which had been stripped off the roofs of the nave and porches was recast in the Church; this re-casting was a very interesting process. A furnace or cauldron was set up in the East end of the North aisle, and the molten lead was run into a plumber's tray over a sand bed so that the sheets of lead about 16 feet long, 4 feet wide and of a proper thickness were cast and afterwards used on the roofs of the nave, the porches, the new vestry and the new organ chamber.
With regard to the carved doorways, one mason was put in charge of one doorway as two stone-masons do not work exactly in the same way, any more than two persons write exactly in the same way.
For instance, Mr Wise was responsible for the credence table, the pulpit base, all the crosses and the doorway leading from the vestry into the organ chamber.
During the work of restoration were found, among other things, the piscina in the south wall, and traces of a mural painting on the north wall.
Twelve (or more) weddings took place during the restoration; these were solemnised in any part of the church available, - in the arch under the tower, the chancel arch, and even in the porches. The men at work naturally took great interest in these weddings, and when the bride and bridegroom happened to be well-known to the men, the workmen were among the first to offer their congratulations and rice after the wedding.
The Rev S T Adams watched the progress of the work with keen interest, and spoke to the men almost every day. He frequently told them he had been saving for thirty years, money for the work, and he hoped he would live to see the work completed.