St Andrew, West Wratting
Works start to re-render the Chancel
We have just begun a very exciting project to re-render the chancel and nave crossing wall.
Having convinced everyone including Historic England and SPAB that the chancel had been rendered we also managed to persuade the DAC and Chancellor in order to obtain the necessary Faculty consent. In addition we also had to obtain planning permission which seems a bit unfair as there was no doubt the flint rubble walls of the chancel had been rendered. In fact there is clear evidence that the entire church was originally rendered.
Fortunately the Church Commissioners, who have the liability of the chancel, also saw the merits of reinstating the render for the long term protection of the fabric.
However, not only will it protect the fabric it will improve the internal environment for everyone who uses the church.
Although this may seem radical intervention, we feel it is very important to reinstate the traditional lime finishes to our churches if they are to have a viable future.