Critical repairs to the roof of historic St Mary’s Church in East Brent were completed this month.
The final stages of repair work to the roof of St Mary’s Church East Brent have been made possible by new grants from the National Churches Trust and the Wolfson Foundation.
The problems with the roof of St Mary’s Church were such – as shown here – that it was added to the UK’s ‘Heritage at Risk’ register.
Having repaired the roof of the north aisle in 2021, it is expected that the rest of the necessary roof repairs will finally be completed by the summer of this year and the church can then be declared more “up to date”. risk “. The interior will now need to be completely redecorated once it dries out.
The main structure of this important Grade 1 listed building dates back to the 15th century and the local church has been at the heart of the community for over 800 years.
The Reverend Kevin Wright, rector of the parish of Three Saints, which includes St Mary’s, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: ‘Buildings like this are an asset to the villages they serve, but require a ongoing maintenance to keep them weatherproof and open for future generations.”
“This work at St Mary’s East Brent will help develop a long term vision for the church which will ensure the church can serve the community seven days a week.”
“This is the start of an exciting journey to secure the future of this historic church and equip it for the 21st century.”
As a heritage site, it is particularly famous for its high spire, visible for miles, and the magnificent 17th century nave ceiling, medieval pews, stained glass windows and many other interesting historical features.
Today it is not only used for services and life events, such as baptisms, weddings and funerals, but also as a meeting place for the local school, a space for meetings of community groups and as a concert hall.