17/11/2016

Grant funded repairs completed at St Bridget with St Thomas

Repairs to the roof, rainwater goods and clerestory windows are now complete at the Grade II building using funds awarded from the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund

The churches repair journey began In 2014 when some potentially serious water ingress problems were found to be the result of failures of the high level rainwater goods (gutters, hoppers and downspouts) together with some localised areas of roof damage and degraded pointing. They applied to the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund in 2015 and were delighted to receive an award of £99,500 towards the total estimated project cost of £119,452.

Work started in July 2016 and whilst repairs to the rainwater goods and roofs proved to be less costly than initially envisaged, the clerestory window frames were found to be in a poor, even dangerous condition and urgent repairs needed to be made. With permission from the Roof Repair Fund the rest of the money from the grant was allocated to pay for all eighteen frames to be made good.

The project was completed last week within budget. St Bridget with St Thomas now has the roof and rainwater goods it needs in order to be able to prevent water ingress and arrest the damage to the priceless interior.

If your church needs help with applications for repair grants or advice as to the correct care and maintenance of its roof and rainwater goods – the most critical elements in the battle to keep water out of the fabric please contact our diocesan Heritage Officer, Ian Simpson on 0151 705 2127 or ian.simpson@liverpool.anglican.org

About St Bridget with St Thomas

St. Bridget’s Church (‘with St. Thomas’ added in 1996) was built in 1872 by E. A. Heffer as a chapel-of-ease to Holy Trinity, Wavertree. The design is very rare for a British church – it is an Italianate basilica with round-headed windows and a tall western campanile. The interior again is Italianate, with a beautiful coffered ceiling and a mosaic reredos of Da Vinci’s Last Supper based upon the work of Salviati of Venice. The church is listed, Grade II*.