The church at Mundon is built on the edge of a salt marsh. It’s been sinking and swaying and cracking for decades. In 2020, we installed monitors to collect data on the structural movement. Data collected over 18 months helped us to understand how, why, and when the church moved and enabled the engineer to design the underpinning system to stop this movement and make the church safe.
The earliest parts of the church are the nave and north doorway, which date from the 14th century. A ‘skirt’ of oak and clay hides its weight-bearing posts of the medieval west belltower. This skirt was added later to steady the moving tower. In the 18th century, movement was so bad the east end, that the chancel collapsed! It was rebuilt in red brick and a rare rural Baroque trompe l’oeil was painted on the east wall.
Friends of Friendless Churches rescued St Mary’s from the throes of dereliction in 1975. This church has suffered from considerable structural movement throughout its history. And the reality is that, without significant grant aid, we would have struggled to fund this extensive – and expensive – repair.
In addition to underpinning, we also:
The church will hold an Evensong at 5pm on Sunday 11 September. All are welcome.
About the project team
We are hugely grateful to the team that undertook these complex works: