A major restoration project at St. Andrew’s Church in West Dereham, Norfolk has been completed. Notable for its unusual round-tower, the church was partly constructed with ironstone conglomerate masonry during the Saxon period, characteristic of the East Anglian region. However, when we were briefed on the project the years had taken their toll and the building was in need of urgent restoration work.
The grade I listed building is considered to be one of the finest medieval churches in England and the restoration work was grant aided by English Heritage and the Norfolk Churches Trust.
Working with Shona McKay of Archimage Architects, the restoration programme included the almost complete replacement of the 15th century perpendicular north nave wall windows. Work also needed to be carried out on the distinctive south porch with its round Dutch gable to prevent further deterioration. The unusual stone vaulted roof had to be retiled using a combination of existing and new fish scale clay tiles to match the original. The walls were re-rendered in lime mortar, with our Conservation Department producing the tinted lime washes that were applied to both tracery and porch render.
The Parochial Church Council for St. Andrew’s say they were absolutely thrilled with the church’s restoration which has saved the East Anglian treasure allowing visitors to enjoy the building for many years to come.