St Mary’s church Boveney Bucks U.k / earlier drone footage.

St Mary's church Boveney Bucks U.k / earlier drone footage.
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Early history.

A church has been on the site since before the Norman conquest,but the fabric of the present church dates from the 12th century.
Windows and the tower were added in the 15th century.The church was built to serve the bargemen working on the River Thames there was a quay alongside the church but are now no remains of this. It was a chapel of ease to St Peter’s Church, Burnham. An attempt to make it into a separate parish in 1737 failed because sufficient endowment could not be raised.Probably in the middle of the 19th century, a dado of bricks was added to the exterior in an attempt to keep out damp, and in 1897 the window tracery was replaced.

Recent history and present day.

The church was declared redundant in 1975, and it was planned to demolish it or convert it into residential accommodation. However following a local campaign, it passed into the care of the charity the Friends of Friendless Churches in 1983. The charity holds a 999 year lease with effect from 10 June 1983.The church is still consecrated, and has been used for occasional services since 1983.However the church then had to be closed because it was found that the tower had become unstable, and repair was essential.When 19th-century plaster was removed from the footings of the tower, it was found that they were almost completely rotten.The cost of the repair totalled £200,000. Of this, 70% was received as a grant from English Heritage, and the remainder was raised from a number of sources.
These included Sir John Smith and the Francis Coales Charitable Foundation, and Eton College who donated the proceeds of their annual “Concert for the Choir”.The repair of the tower has been completed, and in 2010–11 another round of repairs is underway, including work on the work carried out on the tower won the Royal Institute of British Architects South Conservation Award for Architects in 2005.

St Mary’s church Boveney Bucks U.k / earlier drone footage.