Becket’s Chapel is a Grade I listed building, with a rich history. It was placed on the national “at risk” register in 2018. The building has been semi-redundant since 2008 when the town library moved to a new, purpose-built building. The building is suffering from a number of defects, including damp penetration, and has very poor, basic facilities. Lacking in insulation, it is very costly to heat and, as a result, is closed in the winter months, which further exacerbates the damp problems.
NHBT is working with a local community organisation, Wymondham Arts Forum, which uses the building in the summer months as an art gallery, on a project to repair and upgrade the building. This would ensure the long-term future of the chapel as a venue for multi- functional use. NHBT does not have the financial wherewithal to inject substantial funds into this project, so is looking to fundraise with the support of the local community.
We have made two approaches to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for financial support, but unfortunately competition for their diminishing resources is fierce and we are unlikely to receive substantial funds from this source. We are grateful for the support of the Architectural Heritage Fund and The Geoffrey Watling Charity, who are providing financial support for project viability work. Historic England is also providing practical support, and we are in discussion with them about repair works.