LATEST NEWS. Unfortunately the roof timbers have been found to be in much worse condition that was originally thought during the opening up inspection. The medieval oak rafters are so rotten in places that they have disappeared although the wood that remains is as hard as rock. The Victorian restoration 150 years ago used rather light weight pinewood and extensive supportive A frames and tethering are required at a significant extra cost. The ancient wood in the roof has been dendro-dated to check exactly how old the rafters are. Sadly the extra cost of strengthening the roof of the whole building is £50,000, but we have had generous emergency top up grants and donations that have reduced the deficit to £32,000. CAN YOU HELP PLEASE? click here

The weak vitorian supersrtucture has been removed and replaced with a much stronger framework. The medieval beams remain underneath and help to keep the ceiling up

The weak vitorian supersrtucture has been removed and replaced with a much stronger framework. The medieval beams remain underneath and help to keep the ceiling up