Condition of the church and its fittings
The building has some significant structural problems. The tower and nave are settling at
different rates and this movement is resulting in serious cracking where these two elements of the
building join. Serious cracking is also evident in the chancel and major investment is needed to repair
these faults and stabilise the building.
The structural engineer visited St Andrew's in September 2001 and noted that the distress in the
chancel has worsened since his last visit in 1997. Elsewhere, little appears to have changed. He
proposed to underpin the walls of the cancel, north and south aisles and the tower, and similar beam
underpinning for the columns of the arcades. In the short term, he suggested introducing a more
thorough monitoring system, improving the timber centering around the chancel windows, and giving
consideration to carrying out a soil survey to give proper information on the properties of the soil
beneath the footings. He concluded that within five years, a decision will have to be made whether the
church is to undergo some major strengthening.
The Friends of Friendless Churches asked the architect to implement the three above recommedations
and used the structural engineer's medium and long term observations to support its grant aid
application to English Heritage.