Towards the end of 2010 a large section of plaster collapsed in the south transept and an urgent investigation revealed that there were significant problems.
There is substantial rotting and deterioration of the roof timbers, including common rafters, wall plates, trusses and beams. Much of the lead-work has reached the end of its life. The saturation of the walls has led to the delamination of masonry, and the extensive weakening of its structural integrity, as well as the de-bonding of significant areas of the internal lime plaster and deterioration of the external wall.
Furthermore nails have rotted in much of the roof, large areas of poor rendering have deteriorated, as have some of the parapets and pinnacles. There is also considerable concern about the framework of the arcade. The poor state of the building reflects a combination of factors. Fragile materials were used back in 1829 when the chancel and transepts were added. Parts of the roof have failed through age and the consequential damage to the fabric caused by long-term water penetration despite continual remedial work. Clearly the building is now at risk and in urgent need of repair.
Unfortunately the scale and nature of the remedial works lies well beyond the means of the present congregation. The parish church does not have historic endowments or large financial reserves. St Thomas has always been a financially poor community and this remains largely true today. We therefore need to ask for your support.