All Saints Church, Foots Cray, is a Grade II* registered historic building situated in Rectory Lane on the edge of Foots Cray Meadows near the River Cray. The church was built in the 1330s and is still in use today. However, the timber ceiling in the Chancel and some of the roof laths were in need of some care and attention.
Hennessy Ltd have the craftsman availble to undertake historic works. Heritage paint and lime mortar plaster were used to repair and refurbish the areas as per the specifications outlined by the appointed architect for the church. All refurbishments were conducted exactly to the original styles so that they are in keeping with the fabric of the building.
BEFORE WORK COMMENCED
Respecting the heritage of the church, it was necessary to protect some of the historic fabric and artefacts within the building itself. One of our Supervisors previously worked for English Heritage and has experience in looking after historic monuments. These expertise were employed and great care was taken to cover the 11th century font, 19th century organ, pews and the stained glass windows, including a 14th century window of great historic design value. Here are some images of the protective stages…
WORK IN PROGRESS
After approximately four weeks of the scaffold being erected, it was time to remove it all and return the church to it’s former glory with a freshly painted timber ceiling in the chancel and the roof laths repaired. Our restorative team took great care, ensuring that the correct paint and materials were used with the traditional methods of craftmanship. And here is the finished ceiling.
If you have a Church or historic building in need of some care and attention, then Hennessy Ltd are able to take on the project. We have the craftsman and team to undertake heritage work and bring these old buildings a new lease of life so that they can continue to be used and enjoyed by those who have the pleasure to live, work or visit these fantastic buildings.