All Saints

 

The stone church and tower were built in the late 13th and 14th centuries on the site of an earlier wooden Saxon church. The tower, supporting a spire, can be seen for miles around.

The west face of the tower, facing into the prevailing wind, has been patched many times, and shows significant stone erosion. There is a large vertical crack at high level which corresponds to an internal crack in the bell chamber and needs bridging with armatures. Scaffolding has to be erected and each individual damaged sandstone needs removing and replacing using specified locating pins. The stones vary in size and the stonemasons will repoint them with lime mortar instead of the cement which has been used and which contributed to the erosion.

 

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