Chancel Restoration

Why did we want to do this?

Much of Balham’s history since the early C19 can be traced from the windows, mosaics and various monuments contained in St Mary’s, it is one of the only remaining buildings in Balham that provides a key to the old Balham and therefore there is a duty to care for such a valuable resource. St Mary’s is the oldest building in the parish and is the key building visited by participants in the Balham Society’s tour of Balham. History needs to be preserved and made readily available to the community. The chancel in its design and with its own special memorials is the most decorative and important part of the church and was badly in need of specialist cleaning and restoration if it is to retain its unique place in the history of Balham.

Additional information on the Chancel Panels

Additional information on the The Chancel Mosaics

Granville and Burbidge Survey of Interior Decoration – Apse and Chancel. August 2011

C Hassall Paint Analysis Report August 2011

Restoration took place with a dedicated team of conservators from Granville and Burbidge during February to April 2015. Additional work on stained glass repairs and decoration of the ‘plainer’ areas of the chancel continued throughout the year as funds became available and concluded with a service of Thanksgiving and Re-dedication led by the Rt Revd Christopher Chessum, Bishop of Southwark on Sunday 11 October 2015.

Granville and Burbidge’s Restoration of Painted Decoration Treatment Report


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