RESTORATION work at St Mary de Haura Church in Shoreham continues, with stonemasons now concentrating on internal walls.
Scaffolding on the west wall has been removed now the high-level work has been completed. The detailed work left to do outside will be completed using ladders.
We are grateful for the interest and the response to the appeal so far, but we still have some way to goIan Tompkin, churchwarden
Churchwarden Ian Tompkin said: “It had been originally planned for the scaffolding to be in place for three months but as the work has progressed smoothly and according to plan, it has been possible to remove the scaffolding sooner rather than later.
“Now that the scaffolding has been taken down, the wall itself presents a clear finish, showing the real markings and character of the stonework.”
New scaffolding has been put up inside the church, within the South Transept, for masonry repairs on the windows.
Mr Tompkin explained: “The masonry supports are beginning to give, largely caused by erosion over a period of many years. The problem was accelerated with water ingression in the very wet winter of 2014.”
If left, the stones could present a serious structural problem in the future, so it was a case of ‘a stitch in time...’.
The stonework is the original early 12th century stonework. This is the first major work since the restoration between 1876 and 1879, prior to the installation of the Victorian stained glass windows.
The total cost of the works is estimated at £26,000 and around £7,500 has been provided by grants.
Mr Tompkin said: “We are grateful for the interest and the response to the appeal so far, but we still have some way to go.
“It is important that we raise the outstanding balance as soon as possible, as there are other major works further down the line to be attended to.
“We are very fortunate to have this fine parish church within the centre and the heart of the town. It is accepted as one of the finest non-cathedral parish churches within the country.”