A small Parish Church in the village of West Halton in North Lincolnshire, in much need of some care and refurbishment. Historic England said of it:
“A small village church much rebuilt, reusing the medieval masonry, after a fire in 1692. Fowler’s restoration in 1876 rebuilt the chancel. The steeply raked, late Georgian west gallery, supported on two iron columns, all intact, was added c1837. The church interior is damp. The nave urgently needs a properly designed, permanent roof covering. Areas of wall plaster internally are loose. The perimeter drainage appears blocked, with standing water in gullies”.
A Heritage Lottery Fund Grant for Places of Worship had been awarded and works were undertaken by Aura Conservation’s skilled Craftsmen during 2018.Knox McConnell
Knox McConnell Architects drawing of the South Elevation detailing some of the works
After Scaffolding the external elevations, the temporary felt roof coverings were stripped from the Nave roof and the Rafters repaired ready to receive the new stainless-steel roof coverings. To assist in this, the gable copings were removed and re-bedded after the works were completed.
The Scaffold to the external elevations
Similar works were done to the South Porch roof, and the Vestry roof had its ridges removed and re-fixed. The Tower was cleaned and re-pointed, and rainwater goods were renewed throughout.
The condition of the roof timbers was found to be in a parlous state!
Internally, the Chancel arch was in need of pinning to repair the structural cracks that had appeared, and the plaster was repaired and redecorated.
Interestingly, a “Heritage Room” was included in the final scheme, complete with a display screen and seating for visitors.
Finally, the paths and drains around the church were cleaned and made good and the Church handed back to it’s congregation in a much restored state ready to survive a few more hundred years of existence, ready to serve the village and its population of just over 340 souls.
Image courtesy of St Etheldreda’s Facebook page
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