Dry Rot Threatening World’s Oldest Methodist Chapel


The oldest Methodist church in the world is at serious risk due to dry rot, it has been revealed. The Northern Echo reported on the plight of the High House Methodist Chapel in Weardale, noting that the 18th-century building could soon cease to be used.

An inspection of the building highlighted the problem with dry rot, as well as other issues, that are now threatening the church’s survival.

The church has announced that it will move out of the property by October of this year, although moving out of the building won’t necessarily mean the end for this 18th-century chapel, as they are trying to find funds to cover the cost of repairs.

John Shuttleworth, Weardale county councillor, said that the Methodist Church of Britain has “a duty” to ensure the chapel can continue to be used. He said that having sold off other properties, the organisation should have the money required to make the essential repairs.

If you own an older property, regardless of whether it’s your home or a building that serves the public like a church, this story highlights the importance of having regular checks carried out to catch problems like dry rot as early as possible.

Roof repairs should always be top consideration for homeowners and should always be your priority when it comes to renovations because of everything they protect within the rest of the building.

If you’re worried that you may have a dry rot problem in London, contact us today to find out how we can help.

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