David Newton Associates : Consultants for the Conservation and creation of Unique Buildings
Projects: Ruins of Former Parish Church, South Gloucestershire
This former parish church, now a scheduled ancient monument, was abandoned in the Victorian period for a new place of worship closer to the community. By the mid twentieth century the building's condition had deteriorated to a point where partial demolition was deemed necessary, leaving only the north wall of the nave and the tower. The structure continued to decline prompting its corporate owners in 2006 to set upon a programme of conservation, starting with the installation of a new lead-covered roof and reinstatement of the parapet. This was followed by urgent masonry repairs comprising re-pointing, grouting, soft capping and tile repairs.

In 2011 new floors were inserted at bell and ringing chamber levels to provide improved access and a place to store the salvaged fragments of the historic timber floors which had long-since fallen to the ground. A comprehensive programme of research and recording is to be embarked upon to help inform further conservation and a low-key use.

View of the ruins from the south east East face of the tower
Proposed reinstatement of parapet and roof Parapet and roof being reinstated
Condition of stair turret capping Proposed repairs to stair turret capping
Stair turret capping repaired Proposed soft capping to nave wall-head
Soft capping to nave wall-head in progress View of tower after initial repairs

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