Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Scheme

 Grant received 2016: £46,100

 The above grant has enabled us to carry out major repairs this year to make the church weatherproof.  The main works undertaken were:

·        Complete replacement of the tower roof

·        Repairs to the roofs of the Vestry and old North porch

·        A survey of the rainwater drainage system and repairs to broken underground pipes

·        Repairs and improvements to the drainage system in the gully that runs along the north side of the church

·        Repointing of lower walls of the church

Other grants and donations to this project

We have also received grants of £11,873 from the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme (this being equal to the amount of VAT paid on the project invoices), a grant of £1,000 from The Friends of St Mary’s Barnard Castle and a number of generous private donations.

Thank you to all of those who funded this project.


It’s finished!  It has been a busy summer.  Our major project to repair our church roof and drains was completed in early August.  The works stood up to the downpour during the severe thunderstorm last week; we had no leaking tower roof, no blocked drains and no gullies overflowing!

Works undertaken.  The largest part of the project was the complete replacement of the tower roof.  We were blessed with good weather and had no leaks during the several weeks of (at best) temporary roof.  When the old lead was removed, the woodwork and beams below appeared to need substantial remedial work.  A structural engineer was called out and he reassured us that it was not as bad as it looked.  There were extra costs to repair the wooden roof structure but fortunately there were cost savings because the unusually dry weather meant that we did not need as much weather protection during the works as had been expected. 

We were very pleased to see the scaffolding taken down just in time for the wedding in early July!

Other roof repairs have also been carried out to the Vestry and the former North porch.

At a rather lower level, the French drain (the gully that runs from the old North door to the Vestry now has improved drainage, with a new higher level drain to take away water if the normal drain should become blocked. 

Major Repairs

The new tower roof (photo courtesy of Purcells)

We have also had our drains surveyed and underground repairs made where the drains were blocked or damaged.  Hopefully these works, together with the repointing of the lower level of the walls, will prevent a recurrence of the very expensive dry rot attack we suffered a few years ago, when damp entered the church after a severe storm.

Still to do!  This has been a big project for us but there is a lot more external works to do.  Next, we will be seeking advice from a structural engineer on what needs to be done to the west end wall of the nave.  We have done some minor works to the top of this wall in the current project but a lot more work needs to be done to stop the damp which is causing problems behind the organ.

We also need to undertake repair works to some of the stained glass and to replace the metal protective grilles for these windows.

Thanks.   This project would not have been possible without the financial support of the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Scheme and the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme.

We secured a grant of £46,100 from the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Scheme, as well as grants totalling £11,873 from the Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme.  This latter grant is equal to the amount of VAT paid on the project invoices.

We also received a grant of £1,000 from The Friends of St Mary’s Barnard Castle, as well as a number of generous private donations.

Our thanks to all of these.

September 2016

Other Information:Repair Fund Logo

Church architect, Chris Cotton of Purcells.

Main Contractor: Team Force Restoration

Further enquiries to:                                                                                      

Robert Stenlake

37 The Bank

Barnard Castle

DL12 8PL

01833 637334