CAYTHORPE church was urgently shut down this week after earthquake damage was discovered on the spire.
Steeplejacks were surveying the roof for re-leading when they came across the serious problems with the spire.
The Reverend June Freshney, who looks after St Vincent’s, said: “We’ve had to close the church and the churchyard until remedial work has been done. It was a shock when the architect rang and said it should be closed for safety’s sake. The spire is not in danger of falling but masonry could and from that height it would be dangerous.
“It is because of the work we are having done that they found this awful mess. The architect believes it was earthquake damage from four years ago.”
She hopes the work will be started within the next week to allow the church to reopen.
The initial work will not fix the damage, but will make it safe until the spire can be fully repaired, which will involve removing the top from the church.
Rev Freshney explained: “This will be like splinting a broken leg, so that there’s no more loose masonry. That will make it safe.”
She hopes that the ecclesiastical insurance, which includes earthquake damage, will pay for the repairs.
The church are currently in the process of a claim.