Barwick, St Mary Magdalene

A challenging project to provide a Servery and disabled WC in the South Aisle of this delightful mediaeval Church, whose furnishings include a set of very fine C16 carved pew ends. The Parish had for many years dreamed of upgrading the church’s facilities, hastened by closure of the village shop & Post Office, also a social meeting place, leaving only the Pub and the Church. A suitably pew free area existed in the rear of the South Aisle, curtained off to conceal flower vases, an assortment of chairs and the makeshift tea making facility – a picnic table with a tea urn and a bucket for slops. Half a dozen plain C19 pews were removed from the front of the South Aisle creating a mingling space, where previously there was no space at all within the church.

With early support from the DAC, English Heritage and the SPAB the Beech Tyldesley developed the design into a free-standing cubicle, suitably detailed and painted to reflect the quality of the fabric. The resulting work was carried out to an exemplary standard by Geo. Masters & Sons of Ilchester.

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