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St Peter’s Church, Henley, Ipswich

St Peter’s Church, Henley, Ipswich

May 14, 2024 Rachel Finlay Comments Off

Bakers of Danbury, Church Department, have completed works to the beautiful Grade 1 listed church of St Peter’s in Henley, Ipswich. The objective of the works was to carry out an internal re-ordering programme designed to create more useable and flexible space at the west end of the nave as well as modernisation and repairs.

The objective of the building works:

The scope of the works were as follows:

  • Develop a flexible space at the West End of the Nave
  • Create permanent wheelchair access
  • Restore to full operation the 13th century West Door
  • Replace the ringing chamber and ground floor screen
  • Provision of new LED lighting and heating

The Renovation Works

St Peter’s Church is a Grade 1 listed building, situated in the village of Henley, near to Ipswich. The body of the present church dates from the 13th century, the porch having been added in the 15th century and the tower in the early 16th century when the village was known as Hendley.

The church needed to remain open for regular worship and so the works were undertaken within limited working space and establishing a safe and secure working area.


• Careful excavation of the existing floor to the West end of the Nave and Tower
• Laying of a new breathable subfloor and limecrete slab, with handmade clay pamments
• Relocation of the stone font laid on a new foundation.
• Installation of a new steel beam spanning the width of the Nave, at balcony level of the Tower, to provide support for new structural glass balustrade.
• New structural glass screens and doors between the Nave and the Tower at ground and first floor level were installed.
• Careful conservation and joinery repairs were undertaken to the 13th Century wooden door to the west side of the tower
• Internal lime plastering, lime wash redecoration
• Provision of new LED lighting and heating