The medieval stone pulpitum in Exeter Cathedral,dating from the1320s, now supports the seventeenth century organ, its weight estimated at fifteen tonnes. During the recent repair work to the organ, cracks were discovered in the pulpitum structure. In addition, medieval tiles were found on the upper storey beneath the organ workings; some of these were in poor condition. The tiles were repaired, re-bedded and re-pointed, and cracks in the stonework were recorded and filled for monitoring purposes

Exeter Cathedral: the Pulpitum

Work to important elements of carved architectural stonework may involve repair interventions or programmes of recording and monitoring. In the case of the Pulpitum, careful filling of cracks in the vaults assisted in establishing the stability of the structure following major structural strengthening.