Grade I Listed
This Grade I Listed Church in Epworth, Lincolnshire is the birth place of John Wesley of the Methodist Church Movement and Charles Wesley. It is of national and international significance, attracting many visitors. Aura Conservation were appointed as Principal Contractor working with Brian Foxley Architect and the St Andrews PCC in Summer 2012.
Funded predominantly by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the project was a major re-ordering transforming of the Church into not only a place of worship but somewhere for concerts for all of the local community to enjoy.
The Nave and Aisles had the concrete sub base very carefully removed under an archaeologist watching brief with a new breathable limecrete sub-base being installed. Underfloor heating was installed and the floor was finished in Lincolnshire Limestone paving.
New rooms were formed such as a Ringers Gallery supported by a Green Oak frame, a Heritage room linked to the Ringers Gallery by an Oak staircase, a new kitchen servery, and storage and toilets including disabled facilities. All of the existing walls received new lime plaster and complete redecoration.
During this re-ordering project, it was essential to upgrade the heating, drainage, lighting and sound systems. All mechanical and electrical work was under Contractor Design. Close liason with the Architect and PPC was required throughout the contract due to requirements of working within the historic fabric. During the works, a 19th century tomb was discovered below the altar, which contained two coffins. Due to all excavation works being carried out extremely carefully and under an archaeologists watching brief the coffins were able to remain undisturbed and could remain in the very same location they were found. The history available through records suggested they were a married couple possibly linked to a local resident who may well have been an ancestor.
The success of this project put St Andrew’s Church in the Finals of the English Heritage Angel Awards.