Raise the Roof

Why is St Mary’s Church Important?

St Mary’s Church with its very visible spire has been a landmark for Harrow since its consecration in 1094.  It has undergone extensive development over the centuries providing a focus for religious worship and social gatherings for the people of Harrow and further afield.  There are many internal features of historic interest.


The five-yearly inspection of the church building in 2014 recommended essential work be carried out urgently, in particular ‘to monitor lead roofs and consider replacement … before wholesale problems occur.’  There are regular leaks in wet weather and the medieval ceiling of the Parvise Chapel above the South door entrance has been extensively damaged by water.  The spire will be surveyed at the time of the next mandatory inspection and may require significant work.

In order to reduce costs, we have decided to renew the lead roofs as a single project to prevent further damage.  The work would include raising the roof structure, inserting insulation between the rafters, renewing the gutter falls, relining all gutters, creating new overflows, as well as replacing the lead.






What is the Cost?

The engineering, design and tendering process for the project has been undertaken by Donald Insall Associates.  The estimated overall cost is £451,000.  A detailed breakdown of costs is available.

How will the project be funded?

We have committed our reserves of £100,000 to the project, and The Friends of St Mary’s have been generous in promising £125,000.  Even with other fundraising and VAT recovery we face an additional challenge of raising £135,500.

This is why we need your help!

Payments can be made as follows:

  • Cheques made out to The St Mary’s Roof and Spire Fund, and sent to St Mary’s Church Office, Church Hill, Harrow HA1 3HL;
  • Bank transfer to sort code 40-05-20 account number 32076500, with your name in the reference field please;
  • Through BT mydonate at St Mary’s Roof and Spire Fund
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