Contribution towards flood-proofing works
Posted: 15th May 2012
St Michael and All Angels Church, Tirley, Gloucestershire., GL19 4HH
Tirley Church has been flooded many times over the years, but never more than in the disastrous floods of July 2007.
With the effects of climate change, it is more than likely that there will be further flooding in the future, and this led to fundamental new thinking when it came to recent restoration. The church has been extensively adapted to make it more versatile for community activities as well as Sunday worship.
A new stone floor and loose seating have been installed, which has dramatically improved accessibility. The organ has been re-erected above flood danger levels on a new gallery at the west end of the church, and in times of emergency this can double as a storage point for vulnerable furnishings. The Gloucestershire Environmental Trust was pleased to support this part of the scheme. The gallery was designed by architect Neil Birdsall, and the fine joinery is the work of Tim Jeffree.
The clean contemporary lines of the gallery are a remarkable 21st century addition to a Grade I listed 13th century church.