Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Netley Abbey ruins shut amid safety concerns

Netley Abbey
Image caption English Heritage said it was "alarmed" to see the way the scaffolding set up on the abbey ruins was left by the contractor

Netley Abbey, a ruined Cistercian monastery in Hampshire, has been closed to the public amid safety concerns.

English Heritage has taken the decision after scaffolding set up in the nave for conservation work was found to "fall far short" of expected standards.

Photos show the six-storey structure was left unfenced with useable ladders giving unrestricted access.

A charity spokesperson said: "We were alarmed to see the way the scaffolding was left by the contractor."

It is not yet known when the attraction, normally open daily for visitors, will reopen to the public.

Image caption The scaffolding has been set up on the ruins to so vegetation can be removed from the walls and mortar joints can be repointed

English Heritage said: "We are taking immediate steps to ensure that it is rectified. In the meantime the site has been closed as a precaution."

A conservation project is currently underway at Netley Abbey to remove overgrown vegetation from the walls and repoint open mortar joints.

The work is centred on the nave of the 13th Century abbey church and is due to be completed by the autumn.

Netley is the most complete surviving abbey built by the Cistercian monks in southern England.

Image caption English Heritage said the conservation work on the ruins is expected to be completed by the autumn

Related Topics

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites