The St John’s the Evangelist Church in East Witton has been given a new lease of life thanks to repair and maintenance work undertaken earlier this year.
The Church, built between 1809 and 1813, is a focal point of the village and the refurbishment project, led by churchwardens Mary Fawbert and Karen Newsam was part funded by generous donations from residents in the surrounding area.
Following a contractor tendering process we selected St Astier to complete the works, based largely on their previous experience of successfully completing similar building conservation projects on historic buildings throughout the North of England.
The pre-construction phase of the project involved detailed measured surveys of the church, creating a 3D model to assist with the preparation of the detailed specifications. The close coordination of the Faculty Application with the Diocese allowed the project to excel during the construction phase. Assistance from St Astier with the stone and lime mortar sampling enabled us to provide a near perfect match thereby maintaining the aesthetic character of the church.
Externally the works involved roof repairs on the church and bell tower, stone indent repairs and general redecoration and maintenance to the doors and rainwater goods. Internally the scope of the works included damp remedial works to external walls, stone repairs to the mullions, redecoration of internal woodwork, heating pipework and restoration of the historic tiled floor.
Mary Fawbert commented, “We are really pleased to have completed the maintenance work on this historic building. It was great to see the support of the local community that came together to help raise funds that were vital to the completion of the project.”
“We found Sanderson Weatherall were the perfect team to work alongside. Both Sanderson Weatherall and St Astier have experience in the renovation of historic buildings and so were ideally placed to complete the work on the church.”