Holy Trinity Upper Tooting

The church with the open doors

Restoring the tower

Tower scaffoldChanges over the decades

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.

Stonemasons 2Restoration 2019/20

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:

Tower new laddersThe tower is now sound for future generations and makes a vital contribution to the heritage of Tooting Bec.