The Parish Church of St James, Little Paxton
The Parish Church of St Mary in Little Paxton was a “chapelry” as part of the Great Paxton Minster Church of the Holy Trinity dating from Anglo Saxon times, but more recently became a parish in its own right in 1978. A Grady 2* church which saw extensive changes over the centuries, it was extensively reordered in the recent past to provide a welcome open space and modern facilities. Since then, it has been in constant use by the community and thus, as a next step, the church wanted to address any external issues. This project came to life a few years ago when parts of the masonry started falling of the west face of the tower.
The problem was addressed quickly and efficiently, deteriorated stones were replaces and all loose pointing was raked out and replaced. This item though, brought to light the general disrepair of the pointing of the church. While the front porch had been recently addressed, the pointing of the rest of the building was very friable and is was evident that pieces of the field ruble stone that the church was built with were falling all around the building. The project was split in various stages to allow the church sufficient time to apply for different grants and engage with fundraising. As of now, the repointing of the chancel has been completed, while the nave is set to follow in the next few months and the tower from spring 2018.
Main Contractor – Tower Emergency Repairs: FA Valiant Ltd.
Main Contractor – General Repointing: Fairhaven Stone Ltd.