Wycliffe Congregational Church

  • Client
    Trustees of Wycliffe Church
  • Project cost
    £500,000
  • Location
    Stockport

Repair and restoration of Grade II listed church

We were appointed as architects to lead a programme of repairs to this Grade II church in Stockport.

Wycliffe is a Grade II listed church built in 1849 in the Gothic Revival style of the mid-19th century.

We were commissioned to undertake a Quinquennial Survey to highlight essential repairs and document conditions. This subsequently led to a successful grant application to English Heritage for urgent masonry and timber repair with slate reroofing.

Phase 1 ‐ repairs were completed in 2013 and the second phase in November 2014.

A third phase Heritage Lottery Fund grant application is currently being planned incorporating an options appraisal for the future use of some of the internal spaces.

The church was in poor condition externally with significant roof and masonry problems to the South side and to the East and West gables.

Internally the fabric is damaged by past roof leaks, affecting plaster wall finishes and decoration. Wet rot has also led to major distortion of the North and South aisle gutter beams and other roof timbers. The church became unsafe to use in 2013 with the need for emergency propping works. The building is on English Heritage's 'Heritage at Risk' Register.

A third phase Heritage Lottery Fund grant application is currently being planned incorporating an options appraisal for the future use of some of the internal spaces.

Key features

  • Significant beam repairs using matching timber species and profiled timber matching profiles.
  • Replacement of 100% of the slates using Welsh Penrhyn slate.
  • English Heritage funded project through their Repair to Listed Places of Worship Scheme.
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