We’ve had the decorators in. The pipe decorators! They’ve been doing some tests on the pipes and seeing what needs doing. A long, long time ago while the pipes were still in place the St John’s of the day decided to slap a coat of varnish over the pipes while they were still in place. The varnish had a zinc component though which has browned with age and our pipes have only a very faded splendour. On taking them down, however, we can see some of the original colour, including some of the sparkle of the gold leaf. Part of our restoration is to bring these pipes back to their original colours. We’re very much looking forward to the reports!