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St Nicholas' Chapel

St Nicholas Chapel is now full of scaffolding as work on a £2.3 million project to preserve and adapt the building into a modern community hub continues.


Contractors first moved on to the site in August after the campaigners reached their target of raising £210,000 towards the cost of the project, which then secured a Heritage Lottery Fund for the remainder.


Since then, joinery and masonry repairs have been undertaken, while archaeological work in the tower has uncovered a foundation thought to date back to around 1200. Officials say the discovery has been recorded and will contribute to knowledge of the site’s history.


Peter Aiers, south-east regional director of the Churches Conservation Trust, which owns the chapel and is overseeing the project, said the scaffolding was needed to enable repairs to the angel ceiling to be made.


He said: “This project is an excellent example of how a valuable part of our heritage can be transformed into a community resource for the 21st century.


“We have received great support from the Friends of St Nicholas’ and we are thrilled we are now able to carry out urgent conservation work and install new facilities to ensure the future of this building.”

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