Church Tower Restoration Project
Brompton Regis Church wins Heritage Lottery funding to tackle tower problems
The medieval tower of Brompton Regis church will be 800 years old in 2020, and has been absorbing water through the centuries. The effects inside the church have become acute in recent years, with green mould and peeling plaster on the walls, and puddles on the floor in very wet periods. The damp atmosphere is a threat to the church’s historically important organ, and the building has been placed on the At Risk register by Historic England.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has now come into partnership with the Parochial Church Council to address the problem decisively. The PCC is committing some legacy money to the project and is raising further funds, but the major part of the cost is being borne by the HLF. Preliminary drilling and other investigative works have been completed, and the full repair and conservation project will get under way in July 2018. It will last about a year and will involve complete re-grouting and repointing, stonework repairs, a new tower roof and improved drainage. It will be guided by Alan Smith of Smith Gamblin, a Bridgwater-based architectural company, and carried out by Carrek Ltd, a Bristol-based company specialising in historic buildings.
Churchwarden Malcolm Miller said: “The parish is hugely appreciative of the HLF’s commitment to conserving this important part of its heritage for present and future generations”.
The church has also received substantial grants from the National Churches Trust, Somerset Churches Trust and Allchurches Trust, plus several smaller but much appreciated grants from other bodies, and this support will enable the complete realisation of the project
Brompton Regis Church Tower Restoration Update
We now have a revised and definite start date for the work. The project will begin on August 6th and will start with the installation of scaffolding and cladding, together with the cabins needed by the contractors.
The main phase of the stonework restoration will last until just before Christmas. The tower will need to remain in its protective cladding for several months after that to enhance the drying of the mortar. When the scaffolding has gone in early summer 2019 the external drainage works will take place.
There will be no interruption to church services at any stage, and after several years of planning and fundraising we are looking forward to seeing the project become a reality.