St Saviour’s Church ← Back to the portfolio
- In →
ST. SAVIOURS CHURCH was constructed in the middle ages and is considered to be one of the best 100 churches in England. Of particulatr interest is the large memorial brass to John Hawley, believed to be Chaucer’s “Shipman” in the Canterbury Tales. Other important features are the beautiful altar dating from James I, the ornate Rood Screen and the South Door with its medieval ironwork.
The church is now in the process of being restored to it’s former glory. As the church is of such historic importance, we have worked closely with the Church authorities and Historic Buildings authority to ensure an authentic and empathic approach. As part of this process, working in conjunction with the architect, we have designed a new hardwood screen and church furniture to support the weakened gallery, commissioned the restoration of the ceiling, and designed a complete new lighting scheme to properly illuminate the fine features of the building. Practicalities such as heating and plumbing have also be carefully included. New glazed entrances have been installed, carefully designed with a light touch to float within the existing space. Manifestations have been designed to echo the existing medieval designs within the church.
The work will continue, and plans to restore the altar and hatchments, as well as to build new vestry furniture are being undertaken.
Architect: Paul Heighway of Heighway Associates