St Paulinus Church, Crayford
St Paulinus Church is a Grade II listed building located in the Borough of Bexley. The north nave dates back to the 12th Century, making it one of the oldest churches in the Borough. A twin nave and chancel were added in the 14th Century, followed by the tower and chapels in the 15th Century. The vestry and south porch were added in the 16th Century.
The church is constructed of Kentish Ragstone and Flint with small areas of Tufa stone.
The main works consisted of the removal of existing perimeter concrete surface drains and the installation of below ground surface water drains to connect to the existing sewer. Stone Edge Conservation also carried out stone repairs to Kentish Ragstone and Flint external walls and repairs to internal lime plaster and alabaster reredos.
During the excavation process for the drainage works human remains were discovered, which led to an archaeological investigation. This led to the discovery of previously unknown 15th Century footings which predated any other part of the church.
General masonry repairs were performed to the walls including repointing Kentish ragstone to all elevations, mortar repair to decorative stonework and grouting to a number of elevations.
All the works were undertaken without disrupting the churches day to-day services.