Places of Worship

St Mary's Church, Norton *

Client: The PCC of St Mary's Church

This beautiful church, parts of which date from Anglo-Saxon and medieval times, was altered extensively in the Victorian period with the addition of new side aisles, west end and west porch. However, two key phases of work have been carried out more recently.

Firstly, there were various problems associated with the inefficient heating system and the potentially dangerous nature of the loose wood and tile floors. Under floor heating was accepted as a means of overcoming most of these issues. The project involved raising the whole of the floor level by 150mm and incorporating an under floor heating system, finished with new stone flagging. The whole building team worked closely with the local archaeologists from Cleveland District Council who recorded all under floor excavations as works progressed.

Secondly, a significant albeit small extension has been built to the north side of the church to resolve the lack of proper kitchen, toilet and storage facilities – a problem found in so many church premises. The extension was executed in a traditional style using materials to match as closely as possible the character of the north porch. Window glass has been re-used wherever possible and architectural details match those to the adjoining north aisle walls.

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