The quinquennial inspection and report prepared by Jane Jones-Warner Associates in 2015 at grade I listed Holy Trinity Church, Rudgwick identified a number of areas of stonework requiring repair.
Much of the pointing had been carried out in phases of hard cement pointing which had caused damage to the soft sandstone. In addition, some areas of stone, brick and tile infill had been smeared with cement mortar mix and many of the stone mullions had a ‘repair’ cement slurry applied, which in turn had caused further deterioration. At low level, extensive areas of pointing were missing and a considerable amount of vegetation and moss had built up. This all needed to be addressed to protect the 14th century church.
We were initially asked to draw up a specification for works to the whole exterior of the church but following the PCC’s later decision to focus on two particular areas, the scope of the project was reduced to include the external chancel walls and the external south walls of the nave and tower.
T E Tilley Ltd of Brighton were appointed to carry out the repairs, with works starting on site in July 2020 and completing in October 2020.
It is expected that repairs required to the remaining external areas will take place at the same time of a proposed annexe extension for the church.
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