The Nunney Church Raise the Roof Appeal
has raised more than half of the funds needed.
With your help, work could start in 2016.

The Appeal

Established in 2008, the Friends of Nunney Church aim to restore the roof to a condition suited to this Grade I listed part of our heritage. The Nunney Church Raise the Roof Appeal has already raised more than half of the funds needed. With your help, work could start in 2016.


Church records show that the nave roof was already in a bad state when this photo was taken in 1897. Repairs were estimated to cost £850. Today a full restoration would cost £450,000, plus £50,000 for additional improvements.

A cheaper alternative would still cost £260,000 for the roof. We have already raised over £160,000 of our target. Work could start in 2016.

The current plans

The Friends of Nunney Church's plans have been discussed at great length with a wide range of stakeholders. The current plans include:

Reinstating four dormer windows

Reinstating four dormer windows

Until 1958 two large windows on both the north and south side of the nave used to flood the church with natural light.

Installing an appropriate new ceiling

Installing an appropriate new ceiling

As a full restoration is seemingly unaffordable, an acceptable alternative for all stakeholders is to install a new ceiling that from the ground will look very much like the medieval original.

Improving facilities

Improving facilities

The church is often freezing cold and gloomy. We plan to improve heating and lighting and introduce new toilet facilities for visitors to the church and its events and services.

A more flexible use

In addition to its use as a place of worship, the Friends of Nunney Church hope to make the interior more flexible in use, including exhibitions, concerts and talks.

Thousands already visit the church each year. With its unique location opposite the moated 14th century Nunney Castle and the village's proximity to Bath, Stonehenge, Longleat, Wells and many other tourist attractions in the West Country the church has huge potential to boost visitor numbers.

A new heritage / visitor centre is planned to provide visitors with much-needed background information on the history of Nunney Castle, the church and the village. There is very little information available at the castle (privately owned but managed by Historic England, previously English Heritage). The castle itself is one of Britain's smallest, but ranked in the Top 10 Best British Castles by Visit Britain's BRITAIN magazine in 2015 - with huge potential to attract more visitors.

Popular temporary exhibitions are already being held in the church by the Friends in association with Visit Nunney. Past themes have included the history of child labour and education in Nunney, Nunney in the Middle Ages and Nunney during the Second World War.

Brochure

A new exhibition and brochure provide visitors and villagers with a history of the Grade I listed All Saints Church Nunney and its ongoing roof problems. Both were designed for the Friends of Nunney Church by Visit Nunney. You can download the new brochure or pick one up in the church.

The exhibition consists of a timeline that marks key points in the church's history, from the first known parson (Thomas de Tornai in 1178) to the very latest on the fundraising efforts for a new roof. It went on display on Nunney Fayre day 2015, Saturday 1 August, and can be visited free of charge daily except during services.

A series of fundraising Raise the Roof concerts is held in the church throughout the year, with music ranging from classical and jazz to musicals.