A calm atmosphere 'among the finest wall paintings in the country'

JCA Team:
Rory Duncan
Nigel Hammett RIBA RSA
Project Design Team:
Johnston Cave Associates (Architects)
Project type:
Quinquennial Inspection
Location:
Buckinghamshire
Project year: 2015

All Saints is a small but pleasant church constructed of random napped flint and rubble stone walls with stone dressings, sitting under simple pitched roofs in plain clay tile. 

Much of the church church dates from the 13th century, while the north and south porches and the nave windows and doors date from a little later, early to mid 14th century. The nave contains substantial fragments of early 14th century wall paintings and are described in Pevsner as ‘among the finest wall paintings in the county’.

The nave roof structure meanwhile dates from the 15th-16th century and much altered since.

Early this century, there has been a programme of re-roofing, stonework repair and re-leading and repair to the windows. 

Apart from electric lighting, heating and some modern chairs, there is little to disturb the calm and ancient atmosphere of the church. 

Thankfully our inspection revealed no catalog of horrors to disturb the calm of the local Parish Church Commissioners either, though we did recommend that a structural engineer look into the crack that was appearing rather closer to the exceptional wall paintings than one would wish. In addition we recommended some preventative repointing, gutter cleaning and repairs and some simple, but essential tasks such as removing invasive ivy that was beginning to climb the walls.

By employing experienced and fully accredited architects such as Johnston Cave Associates to carry out quinquennial inspections, PCC’s can be sure of sleeping a little better and congregations can continue to enjoy the ancient and calm atmosphere of their churches.