Rerendering of the chancel

Works have been completed to rerender the chancel. Like many churches in East Anglia this church is built of rubble walling, but unusually the rubble walling at St Andrew’s comprises an ironstone, a hybrid conglomerate stone sometimes called Ferricrete; however it is not quite the same as nearby carstone.

Unfortunately, as with most rubble walling, many of our churches have lost their traditional external plasters and as a result the fabric of the church is not adequately protected. An example of this is that we had to replace and rebuild the east window ahead of this project.

We were therefore able to persuade the Lay Rector, and the statutory bodies, that rerendering was in the best interest of the fabric and to return it to more akin its original appearance. It will also improve the internal environment for everyone using the church.

A traditional hot lime render was used and then limewashed. All the masonry was cleaned of all the moss and lichen, and masonry and conservation repairs to the windows was carried out.

Unfortunately we were not able to persuade the DAC of the merits of limewashing the masonry as well, as I believe we should have. Nevertheless, the PCC are very pleased with the result and are now inspired to rerender the rest of the church  – as indeed is sorely needed.

St Andrew’s is Grade I listed, and has a very impressive Norman round tower.