St Mary's Church Tower, a distinctive landmark familiar to those living in and around Henlow, was constructed in the 15th Century. Over the years it has needed extensive repair works. These photographs, provided by Alan Painter, show some of the deterioration and the subsequent restoration that was carried out in 2006. Wherever possible repairs were carried out by re-using existing materials.
We are grateful to everyone, both individuals and groups, whose generosity made this restoration work possible, with special thanks to members of the Pilgrim John Howland Society and Pilgrim Henry Samson Kindred in the USA for their ongoing interest and support.
The tower is now in a good enough state of repair that we are able to offer Tower Tours each year as part of our Summer Fayre: Tower Tour Photos.
Before and after: The Chancel Roof (flat) and Organ Chamber Roof (angled)
1. with woodwork exposed (left) and 2. with lead and tiles replaced (right)
Two severely eroded buttresses showing crumbling stonework (left) and gaps between the old stonework and newer brickwork (right)
Another buttress in need of further restoration work
Two much improved buttresses
Partly dismantled tower parapets, outside view (left) and inside view (right)
Repaired tower parapets, two outside views
Works completed with scaffolding still in place:
inside view (left) and outside view (right)
St Mary's Church Tower (June 2015)