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A HOLE IN THE ROOF
"THE DAMAGE THAT WAS DONE."

St. Mary's Church - Great Yarmouth

A timeline to show the damage and consequences of not checking your roof. 

SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF ARNEBURGH

1921 - Year of the painting
This is the way a beautiful painting was painted at St Mary's Church. A much loved shrine for people to come and visit.
Below the shield, on the carpet stretching down the centre of the mural painting, will be seen the initials and dates:
"R.H. 1378" and "D.H.T. 1921"; they are those of Roger de Haddiscoe and David Thompson, with the dates of the establishment of the original shrine at St. Nicholas' and of its restoration at St. Mary's.

A HOLE IN THE ROOF

4 December 2017
What started as a hole in the roof has resulted in a tragedy for St Mary's Catholic Church in Great Yarmouth as we will see as this journey unfolds

THE DAMAGE WAS DONE

4 December 2017
From beauty to disaster in one bad night's weather where wind and rain came from the wrong direction to leak through the hole in the roof and soak into the walls below.

This damage to the painting alone  is estimated at £300,000 - £400,000 to restore!

This hole doesn't end here...

TEMPORARY ROOF TO PROTECT WHAT WAS LEFT

3 February 2020 
A temporary roof costing £12,000 to protect the walls and the roof structure, (it was also rotten) whilst the Church tried several times to obtain grant funding for the structural repairs.

GRANT FUNDING IN PLACE - WORK STARTS

15 December 2020
Work starts to get the concrete roof slates replaced with Welsh Slate tiles. Grant funding was found to enable this work to take place.

TIME TO GET THE ROOF OFF NOW

1 February 2021
The roof is off the timbers are rotten and all will be well when the work is done

We will finish this story from the air when the new roof is revealed, soon...
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