Renovation work completed to St Peter Hungate Church

Renovation work has been completed to St Peter's Church, Hungate.

Renovation work has been completed to St Peter's Church, Hungate. - Credit: Archant

One of the city's many former churches is enjoying a new lease of life, after renovation work to its roof and windows was completed.

A grant issued by Historic England and non-profit organisation WREN have meant the chancel roof on the former St Peter Hungate Church, Princes Street, has been completely renewed.

Funds from the grants also made it possible for other repair work to be carried out to the church, with renovations completed to the windows and stonework around the venue's north porch.

Nick Williams, chairman of the Norwich Historic Churches Trust, said: 'We are delighted to see that work has been completed to the roof at St Peter Hungate, one of the 18 medieval churches in our care.

'The work was much needed and rectifies a problem that was causing us concern.'

The building, which now holds a free centre for medieval art, was one of two Norfolk churches to receive renovation grants in October, along with St Mary Appleton, near Sandringham.

Mr Williams added: 'We are particularly grateful to Historic England and WREN for the grants that made this work possible.'

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Trudi Hughes of Historic England said: 'Historic England are happy to have worked with the Trust, providing grant aid and technical support to bring about the repair of this important building, to once again make it safe and accessible to the public.

'Completion of the project allows us to remove it from our Heritage at Risk database.'

Kerry Talbot, WREN general manager for Norfolk, said: 'It's wonderful to see something we have funded complete and ready to make a difference across the community.'

Sophie Cabot, chair of the tenants for Hungate Medieval Art, who now operate the venue, said: 'We are delighted with the work; having a warmer, dryer church, which is safe from leaks in bad weather makes the space much more usable for our volunteers, artists and visitors.

'We look forward to being able to install our next exhibition very shortly.'

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