Petersfield church brick restoration opens to public
Posted on 13th July 2012
Locals and parish members were among the visitors who viewed the progress of the brick restoration works at a Petersfield church last weekend.
St Peter’s Church was opened to the public for the day, halfway through the huge brick restoration project it is undergoing. The work, expected to cost around £250,000 is being funded by grants from English Heritage and a number of other organisations
The church is currently owned by the International Presbyterian Church, who have taken on the brick restoration project, after buying the building three years ago from the Church of England.
Although the International Presbyterian Church are holding services at the nearby Triangle community centre, they are hoping to move to the church building when the works are finished in September.
Reverend Doug Curry, pastor of the International Presbyterian Church, restored the weathervane that had originally been installed on top of the spire when the church was built during the open day, after being found stored below the church bells. Church trustee Lance Anelay spoke to local news source the Petersfield Post, and said: “The day went very well, despite the weather. We had about 40 visitors in the morning and about the same in the afternoon. I spoke to one lady who was married in St Peter’s.”
Visitors were also able to see the medieval wall paintings which had come to light during brick cleaning work, which, the Post has said, “may not have been seen for centuries”.
It is likely that a specialist brick cleaning company carried out this last aspect of the project.