Church of England Diocese of Manchester Eccles

Subsidence repairs are a step closer

11 Feb 2021, midnight
<div>Thanks to Historic England and the government’s #CultureRecoveryFund, we can continue to be #HereForCulture !</div>

We have recently been awarded a grant of £4,494 through the Historic England Heritage at Risk Covid-19 Recovery Fund towards the next stage of investigations into the subsidence in the chancel. This includes the temporary removal of the choir pews and a full Ground Penetrating Radar survey of the chancel. The survey took place in January and we expect to have some analysis by the Conservation Engineer in the next week or two.

Two years ago we began investigating the subsidence. When the sanctuary steps were removed we found a 10-15cm void beneath the tiles of the Sanctuary (see photo). The tiles are therefore in danger of collapsing into the hole underneath, but we don't know why the ground has dropped. The area in front of the steps has already gone down by 10cm over the years.Boreholes were drilled in 2019 to study the ground beneath the tiles and a number of possible solutions have been proposed, however the cause of the subsidence and the full extent of the void is still not clear. The recent survey should help us obtain quotations for the remedial works.</div>

Duncan Wilson, Historic England Chief Executive said: “Historic places across the country are being supported by the Government’s grants awarded under the Culture Recovery Fund. This funding is a lifeline which is kick-starting essential repairs and maintenance at many of our most precious historic sites, so they can begin to recover from the damaging effects of COVID-19.

“It is also providing employment for skilled craft workers who help keep historic places alive and the wheels of the heritage sector turning. Our shared heritage is an anchor for us all in these challenging times and this funding will help to ensure it remains part of our collective future.”