St Mary’s Church Historic Church
Re-pointing Appeal update July 2018

From Autumn 2018 Thorpe Parochial Church Council (PCC) began raising additional funds towards the cost of re-pointing the historic Tudor brick Tower at St Mary’s Church. The tower was featured in our campaign as a jigsaw, to encourage local people to give a donation of £50 each – their piece of the puzzle, with the aim of raising 5k of the 9k shortfall.


By April 2018 we had raised this shortfall and we are so thankful to all who have donated so far and those who will still do so to help us complete this essential repair works.

Our inspecting Church Architect is Michael Staff RIBA AABC (Architect Accredited in Building Conservation) and director of Nye Saunders of 3 Church Street, Godalming, Surrey. GU7 1EQ (Registration number: 7435882). The contract for the work was awarded to Anstey & Stone who were the contractor in 2016 for major stone-work re-pointing around the Chancel and South walls of the main church building. The work was completed by December 2018. 

Cost of scope of works (inc VAT & scaffolding) is £30,000 - more then previously planned as we added in additional repairs to the Norman Arch. 

Having raised the monies we needed, work started at the end of May 2018 at which point additional challenges were found:

1. New brick piecing in neatly and sympathetically where existing Tudor bricks are badly weathered -  at least 120 made specifically for this purpose and then cut to size on site by Anstey Stone. 
2. Some of the previous 1920’s repairs were in concrete and only found once the scaffolding was in place for close-up inspection. These are very effective. Where sound and where considered that removal would do more harm than good these are left in place. Some facings have been removed and additional bricks will be needed to piece in and make good. 
3. Parapet wall inner render repairs – to be carried out in due course as weather damage evident.
4. Clock – work to point up small gap at the back of the stone hood mould.

5. Inspection of the clock and workings from scaffolding.

6. Some additional works to provide drip lead-work and seals. 

The PCC has agreed to spend an addition sum on some of these works and donations to help support this project are much appreciated. 


Maintaining a historic gem

Since our 2012 Quinquennial Inspection (QI) by Nye Saunders Thorpe PCC have set about completing a long list of essential works to the church building, much of it around the outside of the building and identified in several QI reports but never realised. In Summer and Autumn 2016, and following a two-year campaign of fundraising and a legacy of 20k we successfully completed a significant amount of stone work repair and re-pointing, including repair of the historic south facing rubble walls which now has a shelter coat of lime to help protect the wall from the weather. This will need re-applying within a few years and is an on-going cost. in 2016 we realised that we wouldn’t have the funds to extend work to the Tower and so we have set about raising around 30k to complete this project separately. Thankfully our 2017 inspection is a more positive read, although there are some concerns about baton slippage on the roof slopes and this may require attention in the next five years or so. There is also a need to invest in our pipe organ and re-configure the Tower space within the Church. Watch this page for updates!

St Mary's Church Thorpe 2019 

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