St Peter & St Paul's Church, Steeple Aston
Grade II* listed church reordering project
The church in Steeple Aston is a significant and highly regarded building, both in heritage terms and as a place of worship and community hub. However, its current layout and facilities are limiting the way the building can be used and hindering the effectiveness of the church's outreach & mission.
The project will breathe new life into the building, sensitively reordering it to provide
kitchen servery, toilets, new heating, new furniture, level access and glazed doors. This will make the building hospitable, transforming the way it can be used and equipping the church with a versatile and invaluable resource for mission and worship.
Construction cost £600,000
The reordering of the church in Victorian times included installation of pews using finely carved medieval pew ends. Because of this, the parish's desire to remove all of the pews may not be possible. Instead, the proposals include adaptation of some of the fixed pews to make them moveable and stable when stationery.
The video clip opposite shows a prototype created using a previously redundant pew. It shows the ease of manoeuvrability and intended craftsmanship as a compromise to retain the historic furnishings whilst allowing the church to be adaptable for use in all sorts of ways and with all kinds of furniture layout.