Heritage lottery funded Croston church resoration
Major Repairs now completed at Historic Croston with Lottery Fund grant
December 2017 – St Michael & All Angels Church in Croston is now back in full operation after the completion of a scheme of major repairs to the roof and floors of this historic parish church. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the project set out to eradicate death watch beetle that had badly affected roof timbers and replace damaged & compromised timber in the roof and floors throughout the church. Work started on 5th June and was completed by 17th November 2017.
The church also completed improvements to make the church more accessible to visitor and to allow it to be used for a wider range of services and other events. Throughout 2018, there will be a programme of music, arts and other events in and around the church. In addition, the church will normally be open on Bank Holidays and the last Sunday afternoon of each month for visitors when guided tours will be available to inform visitors about the history of the church.
There has been a church in the centre of Croston for over 1000 years and parts of the current Church dates back to 1230, although most of the building dates from the 15th century. The Church is located within a conservation area and surrounded by attractive gardens, woods and open space and is the focus for many community activities throughout the year including the annual “Coffee Day” Walk of Witness, Christmas Fair, Craft Markets and Remembrance Day commemorations. Croston is one of the most picturesque and photographed small villages in Lancashire, attracting large numbers of visitors throughout the year.
Normal services are on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and on Sundays at 9.15 a.m.
Church Warden Andrew Marston said: “We’re delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has enabled us to complete this major project. The Church has been very much at the heart of our village community for centuries and it’s great to know that it is now preserved for future generations. It also now gives us the opportunity to open it up more to schools and other visitors to learn more about our church and its history, as well as for the benefit of our community”
Our restoration is moving along!
October 2017 – Our Restoration work is progressing well and we hope to have completed by early November.
We are planning a celebration weekend in late November when the Church will reopen and you can come and look at the restored and refurbished church.
More details to follow soon.
North and South aisle ceiling repairs—proceeding

Completed timber and ceiling repairs to South aisle—looking West, prior to cleaning and decorating.

New lath and plastered ceiling panel (South aisle) to be sanded and decorated.

North aisle looking West—repairs proceeding

Ceiling repairs to North aisle—New chestnut laths to ceiling. New oak cornice
Timber repairs

South aisle ceiling repairs—proceeding

New timber ceiling joists

New ceiling joists with new chestnut laths prior to plastering

New oak cornice

New laths

Nave floor repairs—proceeding

View looking East—new timber joists

Central aisle-new timber joists

South aisle

Joists laid on dpc over earlier walkway (stone flags)

South Porch alterations to form new WC—proceeding

Blocking of external opening

New partition wall with insulation and electrical wiring

New partition wall with insulation and electrical wiring
(9th / 10th September 2017).

The church will be open 1 – 5 on Saturday and Sunday but only as far as the door way.
We will have a display of photos of the ongoing work and images of inside of church as normal . We also have copies of the new guide book available and a stall selling books and bric a brac.
Without your support in our fund raising and the major grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund we wouldn’t have been able to carry out this vital restoration so please come and take a look.

We are beginning the restoration!
August 2017 – The beginning of the essential work on the Church. Here’s what we have started..

Decayed timbers — to be scrapped

New timber indent repairs (prior to decorating)

Repairs to corbels (prior to decorating)
Repairs to corbels (prior to decorating)

South aisle timber repairs—proceeding
New cornice to South wall (prior to decorating)

New cornice to South wall (prior to decorating)

New cornice to South wall (prior to decorating)
New timber indent repairs (prior to decorating)

Death watch beetle attack —South aisle beams

North aisle timber repairs

Dry rot to main beam (prior to repair)

Dismantled corbels prior to repair

Dismantled corbels prior to repair

Floor repairs

New concrete threshold detail (base for new stone cill below new South Porch ‘door’)

Plinth detail slots for benches and Slots for joist ends

Removal of rotten timbers to North aisle floor looking East

Removal of rotten timbers to Nave floor looking East

New drainage and water supply

Draining trench at West side of South Porch

Trench for new water supply

Trench for new drainage

Completed timber repairs to South aisle

New laths

New ceiling laths

New supporting angle and new blocking piece (to close gap)
New timbers

Timber repairs

Timber repairs
Timber repairs

New ceiling laths prior to replastering

South Porch Alterations

Heavy duty DPM

Heavy duty DPM

New stone cill sections (for South side threshold)

May 2017 – We are moving ahead with the repairs to the church, here’s what we need to do..
Timber repairs to South aisle (South side)

Truss end to be repaired and treated
Temporary support to be removed after repairs

Timber repairs / support required to beam end

Dry rot to modern timbers (South side)

North side corbel
Temporary support
Gap due to movement

New steel angles (to be concealed behind refixed corbels)

New steel plates to truss nos 2 and 3

North stonework replacing rotten timber wall plate

Previous restoration news:
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