Restoration page of the Church web site . . .
St. Paul's has stood beneath London's rainfall for nearly
three centuries. In the past that rain has been acidic and
tainted with soot and many other pollutants: the exterior of
the church shows corrosive damage that has resulted from this
Previous restorations have attended to the upper parts of
the exterior but the steps at the north, south and west end
are badly in need of repair. The roof, too, is showing its
Inside the church the lighting system is far from adequate.
The heating provides hot air to damage the ceiling, joinery
and organ but does little for the people. Some joinery repairs
are urgently needed and most of the wooden surfaces are
blackened with centuries of polish and dirt. The interior is
as remarkable as the exterior but it needs repairing, cleaning
and redecorating in order that the craftsmanship can be seen.
Britain's Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded St. Paul's the
largest grant yet accorded a parish church, £2,777,000. This
together with other smaller grants from English Heritage,
trusts and corporates will produce a remarkable transformation
in the early years of the third millennium.
The first phase consists of roof and major stonework
repairs that will dramatically restore the exterior. These
started in early 2000.
Pictures of exterior before restoration
A further £500,000 has still to be raised in order to
build a new
organ, to provide sound systems and to buy temporary staging.
We aim to continue to use our great church as a place of
worship and a focus for the community. We also want to use
this splendid building as an arts venue in order to increase
visitor numbers to Deptford and to show our history and
architecture to a wider public.
Please e-mail St Paul's Church at
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about
their Restoration Project
and the St Paul's Challenge..