In late 2014 it was noted that there were multiple ingressions of water in different
parts of the building causing damage to internal plaster and paint surfaces and continuous soaking of stonework on the North Chancel, South Transept, Choir Vestry, Narthex Gallery and Tower, and it was decided to commission a roof condition report. This report listed many repairs that were “considered as urgent and must be carried out within the next 2 years to prevent further water ingress and subsequent deterioration of internal finishes”.
The report recommended the repair of broken or slipped slates, concrete ridge tiles, lead flashings, mastic work and a gutter outlet; re-pointing of stonework, especially copes and junctions between slating & stone skews; the providing of a new gulley at base of down-pipe on north chancel/boiler-house steps, and re-location of 2 downpipes, one on each transept, making new connections to existing drainage to prevent overflowing at gutters & soaking walls.
It was estimated that repairs would cost £98,395.
After an unsuccessful application in 2015, we re-applied to the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund in 2016 and were granted the sum of £73,700. We launched our own Appeal to raise £10,095, the sum that we had agreed to contribute to the total scheme. Together with the VAT re-claim scheme that applies to repairs on Listed Buildings that amounted to £14,600 we were able to proceed with the proposed works.
As you might expect with such an old building and the sort of repairs we were envisaging, not everything went entirely to plan, but, indeed, were to the overall benefit of our lovely church. We found that some repairs came in under budget and other new ones were found that needed urgent attention. The Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund was marvellous in allowing us to re-allocate funds to cover most of these newly found repairs. We also agreed to fund a small amount of additional work ourselves, especially when it would have required the cost of scaffolding that we already had in-situ for planned works.
Many thanks to all those who contributed to our own appeal, and especially to the
Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund, with whose support we were able to complete this very great project.
We must also express appreciation to our architect (Tina Avery) and the various contractors who managed to arrange the work round the routine operations of the church and the celebrations of our sesqui-centenary so there was minimal disruption.