St. Martin of Tours, Eynsford

This Grade I listed church is situated in the heart of the village on rising ground above the River Darenth.

The challenge

The PCC recognised that the use of the church had become limited by a lack of toilets, difficult access, inflexible layout and storage, a failing heating system and poor lighting.

St Martins Eynsford Interior 3
St Martins Eynsford Interior 1

Our solution

Clague were engaged to prepare a Feasibility Study which proposed a major reordering scheme involving the total removal of the nave pews and the installation of a new stone floor with underfloor heating. In addition, the underused north aisle was screened off and utilised to provide kitchen facilities and meeting rooms on two floors. Additional storage was provided in the south transept together with a new lighting and audio installation followed by complete redecoration.

To improve accessibility, a new entrance was formed by adapting the existing boiler house and forming a new path across the churchyard. An accessible toilet was provided adjacent to the new entrance.
Externally, the chancel, north nave and north aisle roofs were relaid and rainwater goods overhauled.

The results

The comprehensive scheme provides the flexibility, accessibility and welcome needed to enhance the church’s role at the centre of village life, whilst preserving the beauty and character of the building.