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Grade I listed church in Wanstead shrouded in scaffolding as repair work under way

PUBLISHED: 16:32 11 September 2018 | UPDATED: 11:22 12 September 2018

St Mary's the Virgin Church, in Overton Drive, clad in scaffolding as repair works under way. Photo: John Dinely

St Mary's the Virgin Church, in Overton Drive, clad in scaffolding as repair works under way. Photo: John Dinely

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The borough's only Grade I listed building is currently shrouded in scaffolding as restoration works get under way.

Restoration work being carried out on two of the stone walls of the Church of St Mary the Virgin, in Overton Drive, Wanstead.

The works, paid for by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Wanstead Parish, will repair the 18th Century building’s fractured portland stone facade and the rusted iron cramps which hold it onto the bricks behind.

The project will also fund community events including a concert of Georgian music, a lecture, an oral history project, a visit to a new chapel in Oxford, a video and some exploration of conservation work.

Visitors can still see the building, including the crypt, as part of the Open House weekend on September 22.

The repairs to the walls are the first of several stages of works. Worship will continue through the period of the works.

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