All Saints, Snetterton, one of the Trust’s Leased Churches is currently closed for major structural repairs to the church and tower, funded by a Heritage Lottery Fund Grant. In March 2019, while the scaffolding is still in place, a group of Trust members were able to see the work progressing and learn more about the process of repairs to a medieval church. The photographs show the view they had of the surrounding countryside and one of the stone water spouts, which is in the shape of a dog – so relevant to the 21st Century with the Dogs’ Trust being situated in the village!
Photographs by Tom Evans
Grants worth £53,800 have been awarded by the Norfolk Churches Trust to safeguard heritage places of worship.
A total of 14 grants have been made by the trust to fund urgent restoration work at churches across the county. The biggest award of £15,000 was made to St Mary’s Church, North Tuddenham, near Dereham (pictured), to help prevent possible collapse of the tower. St Mary’s needs to spend about £36,000 to investigate cracks in the tower and buttresses and to under-pin the medieval structure.
At the trust’s latest quarterly grants’ meeting in March, it also approved an award of £10,000 to St Lawrence, Harpley, near King’s Lynn, to replace its porch roof, which will protect one of the country’s finest carved medieval doors. The total repair bill, including other works, stands at more than £87,000.
Other major awards include £5,000 for St Margaret’s Church, Kirstead, near Loddon, where the chancel roof needs urgent action.
Repairs to conserve a remarkable east chancel window at All Saints, Scottow, near Norwich, will cost a total of £19,000 and the trust has awarded £7,000 towards the work. Gaps between the glass and stonework has allowed rain to enter, which is adding to the problems and the window remains in imminent danger of collapsing in a strong wind.
Recognising the importance of a modern church in Norwich, the trust has awarded £4,000 for repairs to St Francis, Heartsease. It faces a repair bill of £11,500 for extra underpinning to the church and for insulation of a flat roof. The trust gave £1,897 to the church two years ago for repairs but when this work was being carried out, further problems were identified. And as the church is a post-war building, it cannot reclaim VAT because it is not listed.
Restoration of the porch at St Mary’s, Narford, near Swaffham, has been given a further award of £3,500. It tops up an earlier donation of £5,000 towards the total cost of more than £22,000. The roof will be re-slated.
Other awards of a total of £8,500 included the following –
St Mary’s, Thrigby, near Yarmouth £2,000 to replace the central mullion and tracery in the south belfry window;
St Mary’s, West Somerton, £2,000 towards major electrical works;
St Michael, Stockton, near Beccles £1,000 for repairs to a buttress, which indirectly supports the round tower;
All Saints, Beighton, near Cantley £1,500;
and for St Peter’s, Easton, £2,000 towards urgent roof repairs.
The council also agreed further awards to St Nicholas, Bradwell, near Yarmouth of £300 towards rainwater goods and £500 to St Peter’s Church, Haveringland, near Norwich, for window repairs.
A study by the National Churches Trust rated more than 2,000 British churches, picking out the best tourist drawcards factoring in their interiors, stained-glass windows, churchyards, atmosphere, wildlife, monuments and social history. You can read the article in the EDP of 7th November here
Pictured is St Mary’s Burgh St Peter