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Repairs to St. John the Baptist Church,
Mount Bures

A major programme of repair work to Mount Bures Church
commenced early December 2005.

church As can be seen from the photographs, the main project is work on the spire where the existing oak tiles, which have been subjected to the elements for the past 50+ years, are being removed and replaced with new.

In addition, a new lightning conductor will be installed, the lovely Tudor Porch will benefit from re-plastering and pargeting and the Roman quoins (brickwork) on the corners of the Church will have specialist repair.

The work is being carried out by John W. Younger, General Builder and Contractor of Sudbury, Suffolk (with scaffolding and re-tiling being passed to specialist contractors). It is scheduled for completion by March 2005.

The weather vane will then be put back in place (it was repaired and re-erected in 1993 in memory of Bernice Newman by her family who have lived in the village for many generations.)

The repairs are expected to cost over £60,000+ - a huge sum for such a small village to raise. Our grateful thanks go to English Heritage for their substantial grant and to the very generous bequests and donations to the Church which, together with fundraising, have enabled the project to go ahead.

However, since the work started, there has been a fall of plaster from the very old ceiling within the Church and this will also be repaired.

church church
church Spectacular views of the church, complete with its labyrinth of scaffolding roof tiles

7,500 new roof tiles (american oak) are required to cover the tower. Each of these will have to be shaped and double nailed to hold them into position.

CLICK HERE to see the completed roof

Please support this local church, it is our English Heritage.


Photographs by Alan Beales Updated 08/03/2005
Information supplied courtesy of Mr K. Loudon-Shand
and Mrs J Malone, Mount Bures Hall.