Christ Church was built in 1872, on a site where there has been a church since the 13th century. It is a classic example of the architectural work of Gillespie and Welland. It is described by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency as ‘one of the most striking churches in Northern Ireland… [with] the distinctive steeple and the crow stepped gable...the local landscape and the idyllic setting makes the church of particular importance.’
The project will repair the spire, a prominent feature on this Grade A listed building. Significant weather damage and corrosion has resulted in the crumbling of stone work in the spire. Iron elements have rusted and expanded, fracturing the masonry. Falling masonry is currently a potential hazard. Without the work, this iconic building would have to close.
The project will dismantle, repair, and replace the stonework and ironwork to secure the structural integrity of the spire, bell tower, and gable. The parish and wider community are very supportive of the work, which will help to engage a wider audience with the heritage of the church.