St Nicholas’ Church, Pluckley

St Nicholas’ Church is a grade I listed church, which is over 900 years old, with some areas dating back to the Norman age. During the centuries alterations and extensions have been made, such as the main nave and chancel roof, built during the 14 century. The medieval spire, south porch and the Dering Chapel were added during the 15th century.

St Nicholas’ is located in Pluckley, Kent famous for being one of Britain’s most haunted villages. The Façade is made mainly of Kentish rubble stonework with dressed stones for the openings, corners and buttresses. The roofs are a mixture of Kentish peg tile and copper work and the spire is covered with oak shingles.

The main works included conservation repairs to the church facades and minor interior works to the Heritage Center and Parvise room. General masonry repairs were performed to the walls such as re-pointing Kentish ragstone to all elevations, mortar repair to decorative stonework (string courses and window surrounds) and grouting to a number of elevations. All the works were undertaken without disrupting the church’s day to-day services and resident wild life, as well as respecting the dignity of occasions such as weddings and funerals.

Key Elements Included:

  • Re-pointing Kentish ragstone
  • Mortar repairs
  • Stone indents
  • Grouting to elevations
  • Roof repairs
  • Roof vent installations
  • Lead work repairs and restorations
  • Glazing repairs
  • Conservation joinery
  • Interior decorations
  • Handrail installation