Being perched high on a cliff over the harbour has its price, however, leaving the Church exposed to the storms, winds and rains over the last 150 years, including the 1987 hurricane. In addition the Church was directly in the firing line during the Second World War and received significant damage. Further damage was received during a major fire in 1996 and during the small earthquakes which periodically rock Folkestone, the most recent being in 2007.
This cumulative wear and tear, received over many decades, has resulted in serious damage to the roof, Belcote, Flèche, windows and other fabric of the Church for which it is now on the “Heritage at Risk” register of English Heritage. In order to meet the challenges presented by the required repairs, we are in the middle of an urgent and extensive renovation to much of the Church.