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St Peter's Restoration
Posted by: Webmaster on Tuesday March 12, 2013 (2196 Reads)
|The need to keep our church in good repair for future generations.|
Everyone who entered the church before 2009 could clearly see the extent of the problems on the left side of the nave: cracked walls, peeling paint, rotting or missing floorboards, etc. The site of the church building, located at the edge of a slope, combined with poor drainage, had weakened the walls and consequently some of the walls sagged, joints opened up, the arch ceiling structure needed restoration, as did the floor of the nave. This serious seepage problem led to the deterioration of the walls and the wooden floorboards.
According to M. Étienne Poncelet, head architect at the Historical Monuments, urgent restoration was required in the near future.
To safeguard the historical heritage of Chantilly.
This project not only concerned our church community but also the larger community of Chantilly. St. Peter’s Church represents the historical and social links of the Anglophone community with the city of Chantilly and its inhabitants.
This project received messages of support from dignitaries such as His Royal Highness Jean de France, direct descendant of the Duc d’Aumale (son of the French King Louis Philippe), whose transaction led to the Colonial and Continental Society (now the Intercontinental Church Society, our patrons) building St Peter’s in 1860, the former British Ambassador, Sir Peter Westmacott, our ex Government Minister of the Budget / Mayor of Chantilly, M. Éric Woerth and M. Alain Decaux from the Académie française, former Minister, Chairman of the Board of the Domain of Chantilly.
Numerous religious and non religious benefactors have begun donating funds to the project.