Grade II* Church House Crowcombe is one of only two surviving Church Houses in Somerset. Erected in C16th as a venue for secular celebrations, the building was well used until the 1870s when it became redundant. Charitable status for the building was achieved in 1907 but the main structure was in a very poor condition. The building’s fortunes were then mixed until the 1980s when the roof was repaired and new works completed internally. Since then the Trustees have gradually secured the condition of the building fabric and a full refurbishment of the interior.
Thread’s role is one of ad-hoc work to support the ongoing repair and upkeep of the building. Most recently an inspection by ourselves uncovered increasing damage to the external stonework, due to the inappropriate and varying application of cement pointing. A full inspection was completed and a specification detailing the nature and extent of repairs, and the materials to be used, has now been tendered and a contractor appointed.
The Trustees are currently fundraising, for the £80,000 required to support the stone repairs project to completion, with a mixture of grant applications and community fundraising events.
Although not large in scale this project is important as it is another step towards the full repair of a beautiful building which is highly valued by its local community. At the launch event, Claire Fear (Thread’s Creative Director) explained the need for the work to the gathering: This work may not have a great visual impact but, when completed, this historic community building will be secured for its continued enjoyment and use for the future.
More information on the building can be seen at www.churchhousecrowcombe.org.uk.