All Saints Margaret Street | Restoration Works

Restoration Works

Since 1995 at All Saints we have spent c £2,830,400 conserving our Grade I Listed William Butterfield buildings and fittings.

Over the years, generous gifts from our supporters in Britain and around the world have made it possible for us to carry out vital conservation work, restoring this masterpiece of Victorian architecture to its original glory and preserving it for future generations.

What has been achieved to date?

There have been four major projects:

  • The Roof (1996–1997) was completely renewed with brickwork and stonework conservation. Sum: £460,000.
  • The Organ (2001–2002): the great Harrison and Harrison Organ of 1910 was completely rebuilt, the plain metal facing pipework decorated in the manner of Butterfield and the chancel aisles restored. Total cost: £440,000.
  • The Interior Restoration (2009-2011) transformed the Nave to its magnificent 19th century splendour largely as left by William Butterfield in 1895; the Chancel has been very carefully cleaned and conserved to reveal the true glory of Sir Ninian Comper’s intricate decorative scheme of 1909–1916. Total cost £1,246,000 – to which the All Saints Foundation contributed some £370,000, external trusts and grant-making bodies gave £144,000, the Parochial Church Council allocated £59,000 from limited reserves but the remaining £673,000 was largely from the congregation and friends of the parish.
  • Lighting and Electrical Renewal (2014-2016): many kilometres of fifty-five year old wiring were sensitively renewed throughout the Grade 1 Listed Church interior, running from a new electrical intake. Butterfield’s original designs for five electric wrought iron light fittings hanging just inside the nave aisles have been remade and restored to their original positions. All lighting is now with low-energy fittings. New lighting controls enable different lighting states to be used for different liturgical occasions. Total cost: £364,400.
  • Renewal of the 40-year-old boilers (2017/18) to improve heating and energy efficiency.

Other small-scale projects have included:

  • the replacement of nave seating and the introduction of new iron gates to the south chancel aisle.
  • The floor has been conserved with some tiling renewed.
  • The former choir school building has also been properly renovated for residential use.

Together these and other smaller projects have cost: £320,000.

What next?

We are now working on a new list of proposed major and minor works. Smaller works required are: work on the main church doors; restoration of the chancel gates; repairs and lengthening of the communion rails; nave floor cleaning. We also need to carry out a number of repair works to the Church Tower and bells. And we want to look at the way in which we can sympathetically improve our provision of public information through new noticeboards outside and inside Church. All these things will need funding.

How can you help?

Help our continuing work to restore this beautiful piece of Britain’s heritage. Please send donations to:

Restoration Appeal
All Saints Church Parish Office
7 Margaret Street
London W1W 8JG.

Please make cheques payable to All Saints Church Restoration Appeal 

Please give as generously as you are able. Thank you.

Please confirm in writing that you wish your donation to be gift-aided and supply your name/initial/s and full address with post code.

If you are a UK tax payer and have/will sign a Gift Aid declaration with us, your donation to the Appeal is increased by 25%.

All Saints Parochial Church Council is a Registered Charity No. 1132895