Church of St Lawrence (former), Ipswich :: Shared Description

St Lawrence Church is a grade II* listed church LinkExternal link , that is now used as a community centre. The 15th-century church has the oldest set of church bells in the world.
St Lawrence was built on Dial Lane in the heart of present-day Ipswich. The upper section of the tower was rebuilt in 1882 by the London firm of Barnes and Gaye. The new Victorian design consists of floral and geometric flintwork patterns and includes the initials S. and L. It served as a parish church until the early 1970s, when the parish was declared redundant by the diocese due to its having no members.
Care of the building was handed over to the Ipswich Historic Churches Trust (IHCT) and the church fell into disrepair. After deliberations over future usage and subsequent extensive renovations, the church was reopened as a community restaurant and gallery in July 2008. The £1.2 million cost of the restorations came from Ipswich Borough Council and UK government grants.
by N Chadwick
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Created: Sun, 2 Nov 2014, Updated: Sun, 2 Nov 2014

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