Some external church walls have been previously covered in a cement based render this has lead to water ingress into the church and damage to the surface finishes within the Chancel. The church has requested that the cement render be removed and remedial work to be carried out to stonework beneath.
The South wall of the Chancel showing the render which has cracked in areas allowing water into the fabric of the church.
As the render is taken off the damage to the stonework beneath is revealed.
Removing the render revealed a course of clunch limestone. Some original clunch was decayed so these stones were removed and replaced with new clunch.
The stonework under the copings and above the new clunch stone was in poor condition so to limit intervention this area was lime rendered to provide protection.
St Mary's, Studham Befordshire
A repaired section awaiting limewashing.
The tower of the church showing string courses, weatherings and plinths limewashed to match in with adjacent render and the window openings limewashed to blend in with the clunch stone within the openings.
St Peter's Church Ashby Parva, Leicestershire
Due to long term erosion the existing cross fell from the the roof of the North Aisle porch.
Using the fallen cross as a template a new cross made from Ketton stone and was fixed into place. The top section of the stone beneath was found to be cracked so a new section was also added.
Church of The Holy Trinity Normanton Le Heath
Work was completed on repairs to the North Aisle roof, internal plaster repairs and a new drainage system.
The internal wall of the North Aisle has been re-plastered with non hydraulic lime. The existing was a cement based render that was up to 40mm in thickness!
Church of St James, Bulkington, Warwickshire
New mullions and transoms were installed on the church belfry windows.
The existing stonework within the windows was in a poor state of repair. The decay problems were made worse by the use of a cement mortar in earlier repairs. The windows were repaired using Hollington sandstone.
St Thomas Church Stourbridge
St Thomas's is a Grade 1 church. Began in 1726, it has a highly decorative barrel vaulted plaster ceiling with enrichments in the form cast in-situ mouldings.
The ceilings in the Aisles have been recently replastered. The main concerns are the cracks within the plaster ceiling of the Nave. These cracks have been surveyed and repair work based on the survey is taking place.
St Andrew's Church Ombersley Worcestershire
Work has started on repairs to the stonework on the tower of the church. This 19th century gothic revival church was built between 1825 and 1829 iby the renowned architect Thomas Rickman. The church is regarded as one of his better churches. It was built using sandstone but this is decaying at high level. The standard of workmanship is exceptional.
St James Church, Birlingham, Worcestershire
The quinquennial report for the The Church of St James in the village of Birlingham in Worcestershire had picked up the need for stone replacements on the tower.
A new mullion was fixed on the East elevation and several stones on the string course beneath the belfry windows were decayed and allowing water to run down the surface of the stonework. The new stone was Grinshill sandstone that was the nearest match to the original sandstone.
The old sandstone on the string course in the process of being removed.