St Nicholas’ Church, Chiswick – External Masonry Repairs

This project started on site in October 2021. The scope of work is for external masonry repairs to the elevations and porches, including the removal of hard mortar facings from external stonework on parapets, buttresses, string courses, windows, and plinths; extensive stone replacements and lime mortar repairs, repointing and weathering repairs.

Client: The PCC of St. Nicholas, Chiswick
Budget: 170k.

The Church is located in old Chiswick, very close to the river Thames and Chiswick Mall. The older tower dates from early to mid 15th century, constructed in Kentish Ragstone, while the church dates from the rebuilding in 1882 –84 under John Loughborough Pearson. Walls externally are of rough Kent Ragstone, with Bathstone dressings to most openings. The south porch is open on three sides, with elaborate fan-vaulting over the arched orders.

Inside, the church is characterised by a sense of generous height and width, the arcades being slender and the aisles rising nearly as high as the nave. There is no clerestory. The abundance of fine fittings, screens, memorials and chancel reredos (Pearson) and Lady Chapel reredos (W.D. Caröe) helps to enrich the somewhat uniform treatment of the ashlar wall masonry, whose joints are all crisply expressed by the use of terracotta-coloured mortar. The floors are a combination of original Victorian encaustic and later buff coloured tiling, with parquet blocks laid herringbone-fashion under the pews.

Tower repairs

External repairs to 15th century tower, including conservative repairs and complete repointing to Kentish Ragstone walling and Bath stone weatherings, oak reshingling to spirelet and restoration of clock dials.

Client: The Vicar and Churchwardens
Contractor: Universal Stone Ltd

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