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St Chad’s Church, Shrewsbury

St Chads 1a
New lead being laid

Statutory Designation - Grade I

St Chad's Church, Shrewsbury occupies a prominent position in the county town of Shropshire. The current church building was built in 1792, and is significant for its distinctive circular nave and high tower.  The Georgian architecture of the church was designed by George Steuart who had earlier worked on the mansion at Attingham Park, Atcham in 1785.

Major masonry and roofing repairs were carried out to the tower which also included re-leading the dome and adjacent cornices. The  works necessitated the replacement of rusting iron cramps with stainless steel . We commissioned a specialist company to carry out an initial sonar survey of the pilasters to establish the condition of hidden cramps, and to minimise unnecessary opening-up, disruption or damage to the original fabric. The strategy successfully resulted in the retention of more original fabric in-situ and therefore intact.   The lead substrate to the structure of the cross was repaired and then re-gilded using 24 carat gold leaf.

The work was realised due to support and grant assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Historic England with further funds then secured through The Friends of St. Chad’s Memorial Fund and The Owen Family Trust

Client - St Chad's Church, Shrewsbury PCC

Structural Engineer - Frank W. Hayward & Associates

Main Contractor - Croft Building & Conservation