St Stephen’s Church in Norwich undergoing £300,000 worth of refurbishment

Johanne Fletcher, assistant manageress, in what will be the St Stephen's Church Café kitchen, curren

Johanne Fletcher, assistant manageress, in what will be the St Stephen's Church Café kitchen, currently under construction, as part of the church refurbishment. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

A medieval church in Norwich is undergoing £300,000 worth of refurbishment to make it fit for the 21st century.

St Stephens Church, 1963. Picture: Archant library

St Stephens Church, 1963. Picture: Archant library - Credit: Archant

Work has already begun on St Stephen's Church on Rampant Horse Street to install new glass doors and improve its kitchen area.

The money will also pay for the building's fuse board to be improved for the first time since the 1950s.

The Rev Madeline Light hoped the changes would encourage more people to use the church.

She said new glass doors were being installed on the north and south side of the building to make it look more inviting. Improvements are also being made to the church's kitchen to include a dishwasher, two coffee machines and increased storage.

Photo of St Stephen's Church taken Caley's Chocolate Factory. Photo: Archant

Photo of St Stephen's Church taken Caley's Chocolate Factory. Photo: Archant

Mrs Light said the church's cafe had grown in popularity and the work was needed to cope with demand.

Previous restoration work saw new toilets and underfloor heating installed.

St Stephen's Church in 1960. Photo: Archant.

St Stephen's Church in 1960. Photo: Archant.