The Church at Fotheringhay is a Grade I listed building with very high local and national significance due to its very close connection to the Plantagenet family. It was initially planned as a collegiate church by Edmund, first Duke of York, but it seems that the construction only started under Edward, the second Duke of York.
The Dissolution ordered by Henry VIII in 1536, meant that the collegiate church buildings were almost entirely destroyed, leaving only half the length of the original church building, which is what we see today. The church tower is visible from some distance and provides a significant view over the river Nene.
The latest Quinquennial inspection identified several issues that required urgent attention, especially that the lead roofs needed replacement. Caroe Architecture worked with the Parochial Church Council and The Friends of Fotheringhay Church to establish a schedule of repairs in order of priority. Work is now complete.
Overall, the project included the re-roofing of the tower, nave and aisles, structural repairs to the timber structure of the tower roof, stone repairs and replacement, cleaning of stained glass windows, introduction of a safe access system for maintenance of the gutters at high level. Internally, a kitchenette and a flower arrangement point have been introduced, concealed inside two oak cupboards, sympathetic with the interior of the church. New toilet facilities were also introduced.
It was a challenging project for all involved but team work involving the client, contractor and consultants meant that obstacles were overcome and the church now enjoys a new re-ordered layout and the significance of the building has been retained for present and future generations.