Summary: The church re-ordering which took place at St Mary's Church in Saffron Walden involved our specialist joinery workshop manufacturing and installing English Oak bespoke DDA and Dementia friendly toilet, storage cupboards, children's library and a pew storage area.
Location: St Mary’s Church, Saffron Walden
Challenge: Attention to detail was important in this project as it was all made of English Oak then stained and fitted on site.
Solution: One of the largest parish churches in Essex, the building dates mainly from the fifteenth century.
The west main entrance was re-ordered to incorporate new storage units in bespoke manufactured in English Oak by Bakers of Danbury’s Specialist Joinery department. We also manufactured and installed a bespoke all-person DDA / Dementia friendly WC, with baby change area in English Oak. In the North Aisle we introduced a pew storage area, bespoke servery facilities, flower arranger’s sink and storage area. All were crafted by our Joiners from English Oak in our joinery workshop, it was then taken apart and wrapped flat pack for transit, before being fitted by our onsite carpenters.
Great attention was paid to the highest spec soundproofing, with all panels either insulated with a solid block board or infilled with bricks to eliminate noise. The WC door alone weighed over 100kg.
Every post included a hand carved crocus detail to the top. To watch a film of our skilled Joiner hand carving a crocus detail click here.
The complete project was very detailed and complex with hand carved designs, modern sliding doors and bespoke detailed cornice which ran around the top of the complete project.
The church re-ordering project to St Mary the Virgin in Saffron Walden was Highly Commended in the Diocese of Chelmsford, Design Awards in 2019.
Bakers of Danbury revisited St Marys Church in 2021 to replace the existing copper roof to the Chancel, with a traditional lead roof. A scaffold and temporary roof, designed by an engineer, was erected above the roof and parapets to protect the valuable historic building from inclement weather while the work was carried out. To the roof, Bakers installed a new timber deck and upgraded the insulation before covering it with traditional code 7 milled sheet lead.