Extension at Hardingham Church, Norfolk


The extension from the northeast

The extension a few years on

The extension a few years on

Hardingham church is one of the 19 medieval churches in the Barnham Broom, Upper Yare, Shipdham and Bradenham group of parishes. Of the 16 medieval churches in the smaller villages, this is the only church to have kitchen and toilet facilities and this is the first extension to any of the churches in the group for over 80 years. The new facilities make it easier to use the church for concerts, meetings and educational visits as well as providing coffee making and toilet facilities for the regular church congregation.

The church is grade I listed and dates from the 13th century with a fine 14th century tower on the side.  The flint, brick and stone extension makes use of an existing 19th century North door in the nave. The extension was designed to have minimal impact on the existing building and churchyard and makes use of a ‘trench arch’ drainage system where effluent is broken down aerobically below the surface of the soil. This option is low maintenance, economic to construct and well adapted to the erratic flows of a public building with irregular use.

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