Parish & Ward Church of St. Botolph without Bishopsgate

Forgive Our Appearance......

23rd February 2011

UPDATE! Finished At Last! We hope you like it.

The Church now has step free access from street level via the main side door in the Churchyard.
The Corporation of London are now going to be redesigning the gardens this will mean that all the grass will be relaid and the borders replanted. Lighting will be added to the borders to make the churchyard more welcoming during the evenings.

The Hall now has step free access to the Upper and Lower Hall and a Disabled Toilet has been added.
In the Upper Hall the Paneling has been french polished and a new entrance way has been constructed.

If you would like more information about booking the Hall for a function please click below.

Main Church Door

Main Church Door

Main Church Door Ramp

Ramp from Hall to Church Level

Ramp from Hall to Church Level

Lift From Upper Hall to Lower Hall

13th December 2010

UPDATE! All the works are progressing well.

The church ramp with the Portland Stone Pillars being built

The church ramp with the Portland Stone Pillars being built

The church ramp with the Portland Stone Pillars being built

The church ramp with the Portland Stone Pillars being built

The Ramp from the Hall to the Paved area by the Church

Relaying the York stone paving to make leval access

Repainting the Upper Hall

The newly widened Main entrance

The new Lift Shaft down to the Lower Hall

New storage cupboard in the Lower Hall

New Disabled Toilet in the Lower Hall

All the works are progressing well. The Portland stone pillars are being built and the ramp and pathway outside the Hall is well advanced. The inside of the upper and lower hall are being painted and the entrance has been enlarged to make a wider and easier entrance to the main hall. The lift down to the lower is nearly completed and the new disabled toilet is being fitted.
We hope the hall will be completed for use by the beginning of January and the Church entrance will be completed soon after that.

UPDATE! Almost all the holes have now been refilled!

30th November 2010

All most all the ground works are complete and the walls and portland stone pillars are being built. Internal work in the hall is well advanced and is looking good. (pictures will follow as the weather allows)

UPDATE! Gravestone removal starts

8th November 2010

UPDATE! exciting archaeological finds.

3rd November 2010

While digging the area for the ramp outside the hall a number of grave stones have been discovered we are in the process of getting permission to move these out of the way.

The area outside the church entrance has also caused problems because a drainage pipe and 3 vaults have been uncovered meaning that the plans have had to be reworked.

The upshot of these 2 finds is that the works are now going to take longer to complete than originally thought and there will also be an unexpected cost to complete.

Ramp area outside Hall

The gravestones are in the way!

Ramp area outside Hall

All 6 will have to be removed

Ramp area outside Church entrance

One of the 3 Vaults that have been discovered

Ramp area outside Church entrance

These may have been part of the previous church building

Ramp area outside Church entrance

This shows the drain running exactly down the line where our foundations need to go!

Lift shaft for Hall

This is the only bit of the whole project that is going to plan!

Work Starts

18th October 2010

Work has now started on improving access for the disabled and will continue into early December.
During this time there will be some disruption around the Church and Hall and Churchyard, but the church will remain open as usuall and the Wednesday service will continue at 1:10pm. However it has been necessary to move the Thursday 12:10pm service to All Hallows London Wall with the kind permission of the Guild Vicar for the first 4 weeks of the building works (please see Upcoming Events list for the dates)
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but trust you will appreciate the many benefits this work will bring.