St. Alfege, Greenwich
St Alfege Restoration Appeal
In 2010-11 we restored the church tower and cleaned the West front of the church at the cost of around £500,000. This was made possible by a generous legacy from a former member of the congregation.
The north and south elevations are dirty and in need of conservation. Our quinquennial report identified that urgent repair was required to the coping stones at roof level on the East Portico as well as other repair and cleaning to the stonework, as well as the urns and the badly worn drums and railings in front of the portico at ground level. This is considered the finest element in Hawksmoors design as well as its public face on to the town centre. Unfortunately because of the traditional east west axis of the church it is not the main entrance but at the sanctuary end of the building. The main entrance is under the tower at the back. Dirt, deterioration and lack of access under the portico gives the immediate impression that the church is closed. We have to work hard with signage to convince the visitor that this is an open and well cared for public building. The crypt, a remarkable feature is cluttered and damp and contains no interpretation of the contents.
We want to
1. Clean and restore the East Portico, including restoration of the Hawksmoor drums and altars, cleaning of the facade, high level repairs and conservation of the stonework
2. Restore the external platform and steps at the south entrance and repair the lead roof and gulleys on the north and south transepts.
3. Replace an inadequate wheelchair ramp into the church, providing fully accessible entrance
4. Restore the crypt and make it more accessible to visitors with better interpretation of the building and its historical associations.
5. Clean and restore the north and south elevations
6. Conserve and re-landscape the north east corner of the churchyard