The Friends of St Mary's Church, Newport, Essex

              Supporting St. Mary the Virgin, Newport since 2000


Work completed in 2013

In 2011 a project development phase for the chancel roof, stair repair and masonry work was undertaken. This forms the basis for the tenders.  This also enabled us to obtain English Heritage consent and a Faculty (a permission from the Church of England, similar to a local authority listed building consent). This phase cost £28,300 and was funded by English Heritage, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Friends and the PCC.


It involved work by the church architect Helen Axworthy, a structural engineer, a quantity surveyor and bat experts on behalf of English Nature.  Surveys were produced using rectified photography and laser measuring and a close visual inspection of the roof and high level masonry.  These were used to produce documents, specifications and drawings from which builders were invited to tender


The work was carried out between February and August 2013 and included repairs to:


•  Lead chancel roof and internal roof structure

•  Chancel parapet walls and gutters

•  The vestry (chimney rebuilt and the vestry re-roofed)

•  Stair to first floor porch was rebuilt

•  South aisle buttress - masonry repairs

•  North transept gable - masonry repairs


The lead was removed, melted down, recast and brought back.  Beetle infestation and rot treated, masonry and ancient bricks repaired or replaced, the design of the chancel roof improved….and other conservation work carried out.  Insulation was installed in the vestry and chancel roofs


The cost of the work phase was £195,600.  This brought the total project cost to £224,000


Additional to the main project was the replacement of the churchyards gates.  The one existing gate was repaired and new gates and ironwork made to replicate the previous ones.  This was completed in December 2013


We are very pleased to have received funding from:


The Allchurches Trust, Church Buildings Council/Wolfson Foundation, English Heritage/ The Heritage Lottery Fund, Essex Environment Trust, Friends of Essex Churches, Garfield Weston, The Idlewild Trust, Newport Parish Council/New Homes Bonus, The Manifold Charitable Trust and Viridor


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