The church with the open doors
The structure and appearance of the tower has changed very little over the decades, in contrast to the main church building where many adaptations have been made to meet the needs of church and community. Piecemeal repairs to the stonework were carried out from the 1970s on.
In recent years damage from wind, weather, pollution and inadequate drainage accelerated resulting in large scale decay and flaking of the stonework. Such decay is characteristic of Kentish ragstone, the building material for the tower, after 100 years’ exposure.
To reverse this deterioration, a major programme of repair and restoration was carried out over 2019/20 with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and other funders.
The main aspects of restoration work were:
The tower is now sound for future generations and makes a vital contribution to the heritage of Tooting Bec.