Hargrave Church News

Hargrave Re-Ordering

The work, which was completed in May 2012, involved relaying the chancel step, creating a toilet and servery, and moving the ringing chamber to a new platform above the toilet.

The old chancel step was subsiding and was disproportionate to the other steps to the chancel. It was decided to lower the step to the same level as the nave floor, and create a new step proportionate to the other steps through the chancel screen. At the same time we fitted safety hand rails on either side of the flight of steps. We reused the Victorian tiling on the old step - the tiling is now set into the nave floor. While we were removing the old step, we took the opportunity to lower the pulpit to make it more accessible.

The new toilet is created at the base of the bell tower from where it has good disabled access. In front of the toilet is a small porch which houses the sound system box and a door gives access to the bell tower. The new ringing platform is above the toilet, with a newly created door through the tower wall from the spiral staircase for entry onto the platform. The oak door onto the platform and its stone surround are copied from the original door to the spiral staircase at the base of the tower.

The servery is in the south aisle at the western corner. It is housed in an oak cabinet with sliding doors to hide it away when not in use. There is an L shaped work surface fronted by the Victorian pews which had been removed to make way for the new servery.


We are delighted with the outcome of this major re-ordering, and we have to thank Charles Gore whose generous legacy to Hargrave church made this possible.

John Priest


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