Restoration of the West Window,Ivychurch St George
The West Window of St George's dates back to the 15th century. Over the years it has frequently been patched and repairs have been carried out in situ. Once, a finely carved, specimen of the late Decorated style, this wonderful window is now in urgent need of restoration to save it.
Following storm damage in 2008, it was noticed that its condition had deteriorated to such an extent that major restoration was required. Following many delays, partly due to difficulty in locating a good quality seam of ragstone to match the original window stone but also due to finding sufficient funding, the go ahead to proceed was finally given in 2016 thanks to funding from both the Heritage Lottery Funding and The Romney Marsh Historic Churches Trust.
The state of the window is such that the mullions and tracery will need completely rebuilding while the hood moulds and outer frame stones will also need replacing. While some stones are technically in sufficiently good condition to be retained, to keep them, while replacing other stones completely would create a structural imbalance in the window. Therefore the window is to be fully restored with new Kentish ragstone. This will be the first a medieval church window to be completely removed for restoration within the Diocese of Canterbury.
To coincide with the funding for the window restoration St Georges' will also see the installation of kitchen and toilet facilities. Due to the large open area in the nave, St George's makes a wonderful venue for events ranging from art exhibitions and concerts, through to local village events such as the annual Harvest Supper. The installation of these facilities should make it a much more viable venue for an increasing number of events which, it is hoped, will bring in much needed revenue to help keep this magnificent church standing.
Restoration work and the installation of the kitchen and toilet facilities is scheduled to begin in January 2017.
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Below. View of the church from the West Window