Removal from the “At Risk” list
St George's off the Register!
We are delighted to announce the good news that the Garrison Church has been removed from Historic England’s Buildings at Risk Register with effect from October 15th 2020.
Unsurprisingly given the 1944 bomb damage and subsequent years of inattention the Church was on the At Risk list – indeed for a time at the top of that list.
But completion of the Phase 2 works (largely paid for by Historic England) and other improvements such as the planting and regular maintenance of the garden, and the installation of a new drainage system in place of the defective above ground septic tank, have had a transformative effect on the Church.
The structure is in good condition and the trustees are now looking forward to the next stages of their restoration programme, starting with the north porch and moving on to include the laying of suitable slabs in the chancel and bringing to fruition a Commonwealth and Gurkha Memorial Garden on the land around the Church.
It is our hope in due course to persuade Historic England to list the Garrison Church as “Grade 2 starred” in place of its current “Grade 2” status.