St John’s Restoration and Development Project
Urgent conservation work is needed to maintain the fabric of this unique Grade I listed medieval church, which will not only maintain the building for the benefit of future generations, but enhance the visitor experience of all who cherish this special place.
We are now in the delivery phase of our HLF-funded project to carry out nearly £200,000 of urgent conservation repairs to the fabric of the church, as well as a series of events and activities to increase visitor engagement.
Schedule of Conservation Repairs
These are the works which we now intend to complete through our HLF-funded project, together with a series of heritage activities designed to increase audience numbers and visitor engagement. Keep an eye on our calendar and social media channels for news and information about upcoming events and activities.
The building works should be completed by the beginning of September 2017. Until then, however, the church will unfortunately be closed to visitors.
Exterior Glazing and Stonework
The protective glazing on many of the windows has either been damaged or else become severely discoloured with age. Replacing these with new clear panels will not only improve the appearance of the exterior of the church, but also better protect the stained glass panels. In addition, sections of exterior stonework need to be re-pointed, in order to prevent damp affecting the interior, whilst some of the crumbling stonework around the windows needs replacing.
Gutters & Downpipes
Exterior ‘rainwater goods’ need to be replaced and upgraded in several locations, as indicated by the photo on the left!
Internal Plasterwork and Redecoration
A number of walls have been affected by damp over the years, and the damaged plaster needs to be removed so that the stone can dry out, before being re-plastered. Finally, the whole of the interior will be redecorated throughout.
In addition, we would like to raise further funding in order to refurbish the clock faces and complete the renewal of protective glazing on the rest of the windows.
You can support our Development Project appeal by donating through our Virgin Money page, or by sending a cheque payable to the St John’s Restoration and Development Trust.
Click here to download a Giftaid declaration form.