National Churches Trust funding helps 45 churches and chapels

Published: Friday, January 10, 2014

 

A £645,000 rescue package for 45 of the UK’s most historic and community minded churches has been announced by the National Churches Trust.

Places of worship in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland benefit from the latest round of funding from the National Churches Trust. They include Church of England, Church of Ireland, Scottish Episcopal and Roman Catholic churches, as well as Baptist, Methodist and Unitarian chapels, a Quaker meeting house and a Salvation Army corps.

The funding boost includes a National Churches Trust Cornerstone grant to restore the remarkable Beauchamp Chapel at Warwick’s Collegiate Church of St Mary. The Chapel  houses the tomb of Richard Beauchamp, one of the richest and most powerful people in English history. This architectural masterpiece is widely regarded as second only to Henry VII Chapel at Westminster Abbey in grandeur. Journalist and church expert Simon Jenkins calls it ‘one of the masterpieces of medieval art’. 

Other churches awarded National Churches Trust Cornerstone grants include St Wulfram in Grantham, which receives funding to rebuild its 282 foot high spire, the sixth highest of church spires in Britain, and St Peter’s in Brighton, often referred to as Brighton’s unofficial cathedral and designed by Charles Barry, who helped to rebuild the Palace of Westminster.

Huw Edwards, broadcaster and journalist and Vice-President of the National Churches Trust said: “The National Churches Trust’s £645,000 funding package is an investment in the future of the UK’s places of worship. Churches, chapels and meeting houses are some of the most beautiful buildings in the country and these grants will help to bring more of them back to their full glory.”

“The National Churches Trusts latest grants help Norman, Medieval and 20th Century churches, helping us to safeguard over 1,000 years of history.”

“As well as being kept beautiful, it is important that places of worship can help local people. That’s why the National Churches Trust’s latest grants also help projects to install kitchens, toilets and to improve access for the elderly and people with disabilities. With modern facilities, churches, chapels and meeting houses become welcoming community hubs, enhancing their public benefit.”

Cornerstone and Repair Grants help places of worship with urgent structural repairs

WARWICKSHIRE - Collegiate Church of St Mary, WARWICK, Warwickshire Grade I

£40,000 Cornerstone Grant for urgent repairs to the Beauchamp Chapel

The National Churches Trust grant will help fund urgent repair work to the Beauchamp Chapel, one of the country’s most beautiful, elaborate and historically significant chantry chapels. 

LINCOLNSHIRE - St Wulfram, GRANTHAM, Lincolnshire  Grade I Listed

£40,000 Cornerstone Grant – To fund a project to rebuild the spire

St Wulfram’s is originally a late Norman Church. It is one of the largest medieval churches in the country, seating around 700 people.  Simon Jenkins in his book England’s Thousand Best Churches gave it a five-star rating, in part for the tower and spire. ”Here is the finest steeple in England”, he writes.  Constructed in the early 1300s, at 282 ft. the spire ranks as sixth highest of British church spires and dominates the views of the town.

The National Churches Trust grant will help fund a project is to rebuild a 24 feet section of the spire, 16 feet below the top. This work will consist of replacing the rusting iron cramps with stainless steel ones together with replacing the stonework. The top 16 feet of the spire is in good condition; however the repair will consist of having to remove the top 40 feet of the spire, a major scaffolding and construction challenge.

SUSSEX - St Peter, BRIGHTON, Sussex Grade II* Listed- £40,000 Cornerstone Grant – To fund tower repairs

St Peter's is often referred to as Brighton's unofficial cathedral and has been a fixed point in Brighton's skyline since 1827. Just a few years ago the building was on the verge of closure.

Designed by Charles Barry, a then largely unknown architect who was later knighted and reconstructed one of the UKs most recognisable buildings, the Palace of Westminster, the church building is a great example of giving chances to those who show potential.

The National Churches Trust grant will help fund extensive repairs to the tower. In the 1990s one of the tower pinnacles crumbled. The project includes restoring it, and also making the remaining pinnacles safe and secure.

MANCHESTER- St Stephen and All Martyrs, OLDHAM, Manchester   Grade II Listed

£40,000 Cornerstone Grant – To bring the church back into use

In September 2012, the south side clerestory suddenly collapsed and the building is not at present fit for use. The National Churches Trust grant will help fund a project to rebuild the south side clerestory wall, including new leaded glass and protective polycarbonate glazing, conservation work to the walls and a further repair to masonry on the south side.

YORKSHIRE - St Martin, WOMERSLEY, Yorkshire  Grade I

£40,000 Cornerstone Grant for urgent repairs to the slate roof, roof timbers and drainage.

Dating from the 12th Century, the church is dominated by its 14th Century crossing tower and broach spire. At least three Victorian restorations, the last one by G F Bodley, make it one of the best examples of Victorian Catholic revival in northern England. The church is the only significant public building in the village. In the last ten years the shop, post office and school have closed; the pub shut many years ago, the nearest petrol pump and ATM are five miles away.

NORTHERN IRELAND - Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, MAGHERALIN, County Down, Northern Ireland

£40,000 Cornerstone Grant  - To help find essential roof repairs

The Church was built in 1890 and is constructed in the High Victorian style. It plays a central role within the local community in Magheralin. Youth Outreach is extremely important within the parish and the Red Door Project plays a major role in bringing young people of different faiths, and indeed no experience of faith, together. This has had a positive impact on relations within the community.

Failing gutter and lead detailing on the roof is allowing rainwater to penetrate, whilst the use of cement pointing is helping to trap moisture within the core of the walls. The National Churches Trust grant will fund a project to replace leadwork and essential roof repairs including some new slates. The external pointing will be partly replaced and new plasterwork carried out internally.

OTHER REPAIR GRANTS

CORNWALL - St Briochus, LEZANT, Cornwall Grade II*

£10,000 National Churches Trust grant to help fund repairs to the church roof, including dealing with nail sickness, replacing slates plus some wallhead masonry work.

DERBYSHIRE - St Mary the Virgin, DENBY, Derbyshire Grade I

£10,000 National Churches Trust grant to help fund a project to replace a temporary felt roof (installed following theft of a lead roof) with terne-coated stainless steel.

DEVON - St Mary the Virgin, WOOLFARDISWORTHY, Devon  Grade II*

£10,000 National Churches Trust grant to help fund work including structural repairs to the church tower, which is showing major cracks on the exterior stonework and evidence of internal instability, including decay of timbers supporting the floor to the bell chamber.

HEREFORDSHIRE - St Mary Magdalene ,  LEINTWARDINE, Herefordshire  Grade I

£10,000 National Churches Trust grant to help fund repairs to the whole of the nave roof.

LIVERPOOL AND MERSEYSIDE - SS Peter, Paul and Philomena, Roman Catholic Church/ICKSP  NEW BRIGHTON, Liverpool and Merseyside  Grade II

£10,000 National Churches Trust grant to help fund a project  to repair the vast roof coverings. Water is penetrating the fabric causing leaks, with water dripping into the interior and general dampness which is causing plaster to spall off the walls.

LONDON

St Clement, NOTTING DALE, London  W 12 Grade II

£10,000 National Churches Trust grant to help fund a project to completely re-slate the roof, including the clock tower and install new rainwater goods and associated brick and stone repair
 
St Leonard, STREATHAM, LONDON, SW16  Grade II

£20,000 National Churches Trust grant  to help fund a project to make the building stable and watertight, including urgent repairs to the roof.
 
MANCHESTER - St Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, OLDHAM, Manchester Grade II

£20,000 National Churches Trust grant to help fund a project  to repair/replace the sandstone window surrounds and two of the stained glass windows behind the High Altar
 
SHROPSHIRE

St Michael and All Angels, CHETWYND, Shropshire  Grade II*

£10,000 National Churches Trust grant to help fund urgent high-level repairs to the spire, tower and roofs.

St Michael, MUNSLOW, Shropshire Grade I

£10,000 National Churches Trust grant to help fund a project to re-roof the tower and chancel, renew rainwater goods and surface water drainage, rectify structural movement of the chancel east wall, and masonry/render repairs to tower.

SOMERSET -St Mary, CHARD, Somerset Grade I

£10,000 National Churches Trust grant to help fund a project to repair and re-lead the south side of the roof.

SURREY - St Augustine, SOUTH CROYDON, Surrey Grade II*

£10,000 National Churches Trust grant to help fund a project to  repair the roof over the south transept and adjacent south chapel and replace and overhaul gutters and downpipes.

SUSSEX

Billingshurst Unitarian Chapel,  BILLINGSHURST, Sussex  Grade II

£10,000 National Churches Trust grant to help fund a project including  repairs to the roof gutters, underground drains and brickwork and plaster.

All Souls, EASTBOURNE,  Sussex  Grade II

£20,000 National Churches Trust grant to help fund urgent repairs to the upper levels of the church tower.  Of utmost urgency is the condition of the belfry openings. The intermediate columns are of hollow cast iron, which has cracked, and this is at risk of falling away. Temporary netting has been put around the belfry openings in order to protect passers by.

WARWICKSHIRE

St Peter, KINETON, Warwickshire  Grade II*

£10,000 National Churches Trust grant to help fund urgent masonry repairs and conservation because of safety risks to the public of masonry falling and to prevent further deterioration of the building over time and to overhaul cast iron rainwater goods

St Lawrence,  OXHILL, Warwickshire  Grade I

£10,000 National Churches Trust grant to help fund a project to strip and re-slate the nave roof and stonework repairs.

St Laurence, SHOTTESWELL, Warwickshire  Grade II*

£10,000 National Churches Trust grant to help fund work including urgent masonry repairs to the 13th century tower parapet and also repairs to the leaded windows and to the south door.
 
WEST MIDLANDS

St James, DUDLEY, West Midlands  Grade II

£10,000 National Churches Trust grant to help fund urgent repair works to the roof, rainwater goods and stonework at high level, especially in relation to the tower.

St Matthew, WALSALL, West Midlands  Grade II*

£10,000 National Churches Trust grant to help fund work including  re-roofing of the Chancel, organ loft and flat sections of the north and south aisle and re-pointing and repair to masonry adjacent to main roof pitches, including clerestory walls.

WORCESTERSHIRE - St Peter, PIRTON, Worcestershire  Grade I

£10,000 National Churches Trust grant to help fund urgent repairs to the tower including repairs to timber framed tower using traditional carpentry techniques.
 
YORKSHIRE
 
St James, CLAPHAM, Yorkshire Grade II

£10,000 National Churches Trust grant to help fund a project including repair of the tower parapets; repairs to the nave parapets to exclude water penetration; plasterwork repairs; re-roofing of the boiler house; repairs to the west window.
 
Church of the Epiphany, GIPTON, Yorkshire Grade I

£10,000 National Churches Trust grant to help fund repairs to the windows, which will reinstate both the original design of the church and provide vital weatherproofing.
 
St Peter, HUDDERSFIELD, Yorkshire  Grade II*

£10,000 National Churches Trust grant to help fund repairs including to the masonry of the north elevation of the building; repairs to the main west-end steps; and essential repairs to glazing.

St Alban, HULL, Yorkshire Grade II

£10,000 National Churches Trust grant to help fund the re-roofing of the north and south aisle roofs and of the rear vestry. The roofs have been leaking for some time and are now deteriorating.

WALES
 
St David, PRENDERGAST, Pembrokeshire, Wales  Grade II
 
£10,000 National Churches Trust grant to help fund work including urgent strengthening and repair of the fragile mediaeval tower stairs and its central newel and stone enclosure, using long-life stainless steel reinforcement and repairing  inside  roof timbers, ceiling and the north wall of the nave following damp damage from leaking tower.
 
SCOTLAND
 
St James the Less, PENICUIK,  Scotland (Scottish Episcopal)  Scottish Grade  B  (II*)
 
£10,000 National Churches Trust grant to help fund work including repairs to the church roof; gutters and downpipes, removal of moss. masonry repairs and lime mortar re-pointing and repair to the weather vane.
 
COMMUNITY GRANTS

National Churches Trust Community Grants help towards the cost of installing essential facilities, such as kitchens and toilets, improving access for people with special needs/disabilities. These mean that places of worship can be used by more people, thereby providing benefits for congregations, local people and visitors.
 
LANCASHIRE
 
Burscough Methodist Church, BURSCOUGH, Lancashire  Unlisted
 
£10,000 National Churches Trust grant to help fund a project which involves complete refurbishment and renovation of the interior. The space will be split into two parts; a smaller sanctuary and a reception/group area The total refurbishment of the interior will provide full accessibility into and around the building for all current and potential users from the local community and create a flexible space suitable for a wide variety of community uses and worship in a range of styles.
 
LINCOLNSHIRE
 
St James, SPILSBY, Lincolnshire  Grade I
 
£10,000 National Churches Trust grant to help fund a project to construct a kitchen and three toilets within the church. One of the toilets will be fully accessible for all users. Significant re-ordering of the pews will also take place.
 
LONDON
 
Salvation Army Corps, ILFORD, London   Unlisted

£10,000 National Churches Trust grant to help fund a major project  including providing a  new kitchenette, a more flexible main hall to more safely accommodate parent and toddlers, a job club and other community activities and disabled toilets.

MANCHESTER

St Thomas, STOCKPORT, Manchester   Grade I

£10,000 National Churches Trust grant to help fund a project  to install three lavatories and disabled access, as well as creating a larger welcome area, in order to open the building up to the local community.
 
NORTHUMBERLAND

The Priory and Parish Church of St Andrew,  HEXHAM, HEXHAM ABBEY, Northumberland  Grade I
 
£10,000 National Churches Trust grant to help fund a major project  to enable the Abbey to better serve the community and to be a place of education, inspiration and learning.. The project will include providing permanent meeting spaces for use by the whole community, a large, flexible space for community activities, celebrations and events; and installing vital new services including a café, kitchen and toilets. 

OXFORDSHIRE

St Edburg, BICESTER, Oxfordshire  Grade I

£10,000 National Churches Trust grant to help fund a project to install two toilets, a servery and repair the floor at a level that enables disabled access.
 
SOMERSET

Bath Quaker Meeting House, BATH, Somerset Grade II

£10,000 National Churches Trust grant to help fund work including replacing the cramped tea-bar, library and toilet with a spacious kitchen and fully accessible toile and to  improve energy efficiency and reduce running costs by installing draught-proofing and double/secondary glazing windows.

YORKSHIRE

Hope Baptist Church, HEBDEN BRIDGE, Yorkshire  Grade II

£10,000 National Churches Trust grant to help fund new accessible toilets, improved disabled access and a stair lift.

WALES

Christ Church, PONTBLYDDYN, Flintshire, Wales Grade II
 
£10,000 National Churches Trust grant to help fund a project including installing toilets, a kitchen, making the gallery accessible for the ambulant disabled.

St Mary, HAY-ON-WYE, Powys

A £10,000 National Churches Grant will help fund a project to install toilets at the back of the church in the existing store and robing room. Toilets are now essential both for the churches parishioners, to expand its existing music programme and to allow more use by the community. 

SCOTLAND
 
Methodist Church, KIRKCALDY, Fife, Scotland  Scottish Grade C (II)
 
£10,000 National Churches Trust grant to help fund a project  including installing a new boiler to provide better heating, making the sanctuary space a multiple use area by removing the pews, providing new accessible toilet facilities and a new open plan kitchen area with serving counters in the church hall.