Big French Drainage Project at St Peter’s
Abbots Morton 2019
St Peter’s church at Abbots Morton is a grade -1 listed building that currently has damp problems that need dealing with.
During the summer of 2019 there will be removal of grey concrete drains that run around the external walls of the North and South Naves. These were installed in the 1950s when this form of drainage was in vogue but it is now no longer fit for purpose as it’s cracked and allows water ingress.
Currently the walls in places, particularly the North Wall, are suffering damp because of the current poor drainage.
These old drains are to be replaced with a French Drain gravel drainage system to keep the walls dry.
Plastic rain water goods will also be replaced with cast iron where necessary, to make the gutter system uniform and in keeping with a listed building of significant age.
A water butt which is used for local water needs will be replaced as it is currently a potential source of damp.
There will therefore be a change to the external look of the church but it is needed to ensure that damp no longer affects the building as it does at present.
A starting date hasn’t yet been fixed but it’s hoped the work will be completed over a six week period during summer 2019.
Disruption will be kept to a minimum. Access to the church itself and to the graves will not be affected and you will still be able to use the path, which is a public footpath.
The scheme is costing £10,000, some of which will be met from the church’s own Reserve Fund, will be substantially depleted as a result.
We are grateful to the late Cyril Burton who left the church a bequest of £3,000 to be used for the benefit of the fabric of the church. His bequest will go towards this project.
We are also grateful to Abbots Morton resident, Gill Barker, who has donated £1,500 to the project in memory of her late husband, Geoff.
Although there is no formal fundraising scheme, it’s hoped that parishioners may look favourably on the French Drain project and appreciate its vital importance to the future of the church building.
The Rector, Rev Richard Thorniley, will be very happy to speak to anyone who may be considering a donation.
Who’s Doing The Work?
The work will be carried out by Ian Bishop, the stonemason from Tewkesbury who carried out the splendid repairs to the bell tower at St Peter’s which were completed in 2015.
He’ll be working under the same architect who oversaw the bell tower repairs, John Middleton of Nick Joyce Architects Ltd of Worcester.
Detailed plans of the scheme and more information is available on display boards inside the church. Do feel free to go and look. The church is open every day.