Gissing, Church of St Mary, Norfolk - Heritage Lottery Funded Project

The round tower church of Gissing dates from the 10th or 11th century.

The church comprises a Nave, Chancel, north (Kemp) and south (Vestry) Chapels flanking the Chancel, a North Porch and a round three stage west Tower.

The north Chapel contains a fine collection of monuments to the Kemp Family who were Lords of the Manor from 1324 until the early 20th century.

See the text below to discover the repairs Nicholas Warns Architect Ltd carried out to preserve this historic church.


Gissing, Church of St Mary

Repairs & Maintenance

Project Architect: Iain Walker

Project Team: Client, Architect, S&L Restoration Ltd (Contractor);  CDM Principal Designer; Quantity Surveyor; Consultant Conservator; Archaeologist, CDM Coordinator;  Archaeologist;  Wildlife Consultant.

Grade I Listed Building

Completion Date: December 2017

Repairs carried out:

  • Structural masonry repairs to the South Chapel, masonry and parapet repairs to the Nave and Chancel.
  • Re-leading the South Chapel and Porch roofs, including new over-roof to the Porch.
  • Replace, repair and alterations to the rainwater goods.
  • New below ground drainage.
  • Re-rendering walls of the North Chapel and Tower parapet.
  • Replacement of the weathervane housing and improvements to the vertical Tower access.
  • Complete replacement of the electrics and new heating and lighting systems.

We provided a full service including concept and detailed design drawings; application for Faculty; provision of full tender documents, schedule of work and specifications to appoint Contractors; contract administration to include pre-start meetings and coordination of the wider project team; regular on-site meetings with minutes issued; full project contract administration; site visits to monitor progress between meetings; handover to Client.

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