“King David said to his son Solomon: `Be confident and determined. Start the work and don’t let anything stop you. The Lord God, whom I serve, will be with you. He will not abandon you, but he will stay with you until you finish the work to be done on his Temple.’”

1 Chronicles 28, v20

The Project

The restoration project will comprise of two phases:

Phase 1 - Exterior

  • The roof tiles date back to around 1880, and are about at the end of their lives.  The lead roofing, which also acts as a gutter, is in need of replacement – as it ages, leadwork is prone to cracking which would let water in, potentially rotting the woodwork underneath.
  • Some of the stonework which forms the parapet, is badly weathered and needs repair, and the pointing between the stone blocks needs replacing.
  • The cast iron rainwater downpipe appears to be cracked – so water is leaking out, and as well as giving us a hanging garden, is seeping into the structure of the tower wall giving us damp problems inside the church.
  • The stonework around the West door is quite badly weathered, as is some of the other tower stonework.
  • The tile roof on the nave, chancel and transepts dates back to about 1880 and needs replacing.

Phase 2 - Interior

  • The plasterwork in the Lady Chapel suffered damage some years ago from rainwater leaking in – the root cause of the leak has been fixed, but the internal decoration needs repair.
  • The bases of the stone pillars have suffered from damage due to damp wicking up from below the church, a problem that has stemmed from replacement of the original floor with a concrete floor back in the 1950’s.
  • The plasterwork on part of the internal West wall and in the bell ringing chamber is crumbling away due to damp seeping in from the leaking rainwater pipe on the tower that we saw earlier.
  • The internal plasterwork throughout the church and the extensive woodwork on the inside of the roof is overdue for repainting.
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