St James’ Church, Moulton Chapel, is a Grade II* listed church in the Lincoln Diocese.
St James, built in 1772 with later additions is a delightful, octagonal gem of a church with Dutch influences.
By 1886 the church was in a poor state of repair and a local appeal raised money for the repair and major refurbishment. During the restoration the Chancel was added to the east and the cupola and bell were removed, internally new pews and paved floors were provided and in 1923 Vestries were added to the north and south sides of the Chancel.
Soul Architects were appointed in April 2015 to undertake the HLF Grant Aided Repairs.
Scaffolding and temporary roof covering was provided while the repairs were undertaken. The structural repairs were carried out before the roofs were re-covered with new Welsh Slate and the vestry roofs re-covered in zinc, on new boarding. The bell cote was repaired and a new timber cupola designed and reinstated. Careful brick and stone repairs were carried out and where possible, damaging cement mortar was removed.
The decorative paint scheme was ‘very bold’ and although consistent with Victorian décor was considered inappropriate for the Georgian Nave. We therefore developed a scheme retaining the Victorian stencil pattern behind the Altar and complimenting it with a more appropriate colour within the Georgian Nave, which is more in keeping with the Georgian era and which would have been there previously.
The works were completed in July 2017.