New Rainwater goods and Drainage Repairs
Following a successful application to the Covid-19 Emergency Heritage at Risk Response Fund, we were able improve the defective rainwater goods at the east end of the chancel, and the Victorian drainage system.
Three C18 lead hoppers, including one to the vestry, were in a dreadful state and we were able to repair and reinstate them using a skilled leadworker. Unfortunately the lead pipes had been stolen a long time ago, and had been replaced in plastic on the chancel; but with no proper shoes and failed brick gullies the fabric at the east end, including inside, was always extremely damp.
Nobody knew the layout of the drainage system, but once we carried out a full CCTV camera survey, and after much jet washing, we established the original route discharging into the nearby river.
We replaced the brick lined gullies with new clayware, and the plastic downpipe for new cast iron, and now we have a fully functioning system at last.
Upwell St Peter is Grade I listed with a very fine angel roof and carvings.