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Ecclesistical & Heritage World No.99

Midlands trio add to church heating specialist's portfolio

MM pic1 St MarysA trio of churches in the Midlands are set to find winter more comfortable in the future. They are the latest additions to those benefitting from the expertise of specialist installers Mellor and Mottram of Stoke-on-Trent, who have been installing heating systems into churches for more than three decades.

St Mary’s in Royal Leamington Spa (right) is a Grade Two-listed building designed by J G Jackson and built in 1838-9. It is complemented by two adjoining halls, all suitable for hiring out.

Heating, therefore, is a major concern. The new system will be powered by a Remeha Gas 220 Ace boiler, complemented by fan convectors.

The two other churches that Mellor and Mottram have recently been appointed to install heating systems into are within a stone’s throw of each other in Leek, Staffordshire – the company’s own home county.

MM pic2 StEdward the ConfessorThe Church of St Edward the Confessor (left) is a Grade Two*-listed church which dates back to the 13th century and is Leek’s original parish church. It contains notable stained glass by Morris & Co, including a Burne-Jones window.

The church is thought by some to have been placed there to ‘Christianise’ an earlier pagan site: the churchyard is a place from which a notable ‘double sunset’ can be seen on and around the summer solstice, when the sun seems to set twice behind a nearby hill.

MM pic3 Trinity Church

An obsolete Concorde boiler is being replaced by a Remeha 90kW output boiler. Following a flushing of the system a new control panel will be installed, allowing maximum control of the heating for optimum efficiency.

Some 150 metres from St Edward’s is Trinity Church (right), the union of the Central Methodist and United Reformed Churches in Leek. The current church with its slender steeple was built in 1863 as a Congregational Church, although there had been dissenting worship on the site as far back as 1695.

The new system will comprise two Remeha 90kW boilers to heat the large space, although the control panel will be retained.

Meanwhile, the team at Mellor and Mottram have taken delivery of the components of the innovative radiant heating panels to be installed in All Saints in Harbury, as featured in the last issue.

• For further information visit the website at www.mellorandmottram.com