Case Studies

Weston Bampfylde - Holy Cross Church

Grade II*



Set apart from village, and with access through an adjacent farmyard, the existing church is made up of a Nave, west tower and chancel is constructed of local Lias coursed rubble with ham stone dressings, under a stone tiled roof. Its main external feature is the impressive west end tower with square base turning to octagonal for the upper lifts. Of 13th century origin, it was later altered in both the 15th and 19th centuries.

In 2010, the Quinquennial Inspection noted severe spalling/loss of face to the external stonework on the north, south and west elevations of the tower, although repairs had been undertaken at previous times – some more successful than others ! The damage to the external walls was in turn allowing water to penetrate inside, damaging the timber beams and floor construction of the bell frame and chamber.

A detailed repair schedule was put to the DAC in November 2011, followed by an application to the FSCC for a grant to help towards masonry repairs in April 2012. At their July meeting, the FSCC was not able to offer a grant at the time, but recommended the works for a repair grant from the National Churches Trust. This additional grant was awarded by the NCT in December 2012 when work was almost complete.

Work commenced on site in October 2012, concentrating on the upper sections of the tower, where the removal of cement pointing and replacement stonework formed the major external works. Repairs were also required to the weathered string courses and some new facing works were undertaken in matching blue Lias, using lime mortar for bedding. Internally, only the most urgent repairs to the supporting ends of bell fames and ringing chamber main floor beams were undertaken, since the bells themselves have not been rung for many years. All was completed by Christmas 2012.

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