St Peter and St Paul
Awarded a grant to fund roof repairs to prevent further interior damage to this well-used, rural church and to allow it to continue its wide range of community activities, and to complete repairs following lead-theft.
The church has stood as a focal point in the centre of the village of Steeple Morden for generations. The oldest parts, the nave arcades and font, date from the late 13th century, with the north and south aisles and south porch being added in the 14th century. The original spire collapsed in 1625 destroying much of the chancel. This was rebuilt in the 19th century with a tower and spire over the south porch.
Making the building weather-proof will enable plans for the installation of a kitchen and toilet to go ahead. The repairs will ensure the people of the village are provided with a church suitable for the wide range of activities for which it is used. Within the tower is a peal of six bells, and there is an organ adjacent to the choir. The church is generously proportioned for a small town, and is the largest publicly-usable space in the surrounding area.
Top tips from completed project feedback:
- The tender process for selection of the main contractor should have been carried out more
quickly. If possible, a contractor should have been selected and asked to 'hold' until the bat
presence and licensing had been determined.
- Handling the amount of information, especially as there were four grant bodies contributing
funds, became fairly demanding. Organising the information at each stage and for each
grant body would have been set up differently if the stages and processes to be followed had
been considered more fully at the start.