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My village of Spaldwick, Cambridgeshire has a bier in poor condition. We would like to have it restored and wonder if you have anyone you know, who would undertake this work. We would also like it valued, if possible. It is our wish to do this bier up and put it on display and use it for its original purpose. I am a Parish Councillor and any help you can give us, would be most welcome.

By Grahame Leach
On 17/06/2011

Hi there. Several years ago I restored a bier which was in a badly rusted condition with most of the paintwork missing. The restoration involved taking it apart, cleaning, rust removal, treating to prevent the rust returning then repainting to match the original. As the bier had been hand made each part had to be replaced in the same position as it was removed, even down to the nuts on the bolts. As you can imagine this is a time consuming process. The finished bier looked very smart and is now in a museum. I would hope you would not decide to break up the Meldreth bier as hinted at in your report. I could probably find a safe home for it where I live in North Lincolnshire rather than see it lost.

By Keith Pollard
On 14/09/2011

Thank you Keith for your recent comments and advice about the Meldreth funeral bier. We really do not want to see it leave this village so we are currently investigating ways of restoring it locally. We hope somebody in this area will show some interest.

By Joan Gane, Chairman MLHG
On 25/09/2011

We have a hand drawn bier in Monkton Church in Pembroke Wales. It was used to transport those poor unfortunate people who could not afford a horse and cart. It is always known as 'The Wheels' by the locals. We have a photograph of it in our local paper.

By melanie phillips
On 22/08/2014

Hi ... have been reading your comments on restoring and have just finished a funeral bier project with my dad.  I would say to anyone interested in doing one to go for it: it's not a quick job but there's plenty of proud "I did that!" factor at the end.

By stuart
On 21/09/2014