Restoration of Congleton St Peter's 2013

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undefinedThe 18th century Georgian church of St Peter in Congleton is about to begin a remarkable project of restoration and improvement. The work will start with repairs to damaged timberwork on the interior of the roof of the Grade I-listed building.

When that is completed roof tiles will be taken off in stages and replaced with Welsh slate as part of the restoration and improvements work, which is estimated to cost between £800,000 and £1 million.

After the roof the next phase will be repairs and replacements of the cast-iron gallery windows, then repairs to damaged exterior brickwork to make the church completely weatherproof.

The last phase will be a rolling programme of works which will include: replacing the heating and lighting systems, and repairing the flooring.

Restoration is also being considered for two large oil paintings in the church – featuring St Peter and St Paul. They were painted by Edward Penny, a founder member of the Royal Academy of Art.

So far funds have been offered by English Heritage (£136,000) and WREN (a recycling company, which has offered  £45,000); plus smaller sums from Cheshire East Council, Garfield Western (a trust set up by a former MP and food magnate), and Congleton Inclosure Trust.

Fund-raising and planning are continuing in order to achieve these improvements.

Parishioner Dick Drew said: “We need to carry out urgent repairs and we are mindful, as we do that, of the historic character of the building. We are starting out on a big project of sympathetic restoration and development, whilst maintaining the building as a place of worship.” 

Above, the interior of St Peter's church, below, the exterior