Church of All Saints, Laxfield has been added to the English Heritage register of historic buildings ‘At Risk’.
The Grade I-listed church of 14th Century origins is described by English Heritage as being in immediate risk of further rapid deterioration and loss of fabric.
Problems which have put it on the At Risk list are erosion to the upper part of the tower, which is also not weathertight.
The report says that the south and west faces of the church have been repaired, but work is now needed urgently to the east and north faces before fabric is lost. There is also leakage at the abutment of the chancel roof to the nave.
Liz Hammond, church warden, said that a Heritage Lottery grant of £127,000 has been offered to help complete the urgent works, estimated at £168,000. The church has also been offered a £13,000 grant from English Heritage to complete first-stage investigative works, which would cost about £18,000.
Mrs Hammond said further fundraising was needed for the £186,000 project which is planned to be found via other grant giving bodies and fundraising locally.
Work is due to start next year, but in the meantime, the church will continue to decay. Mrs Hammond said: “The pressure is on, and the members of the church greatly value the heritage we have in the church. “We have wonderful support from the village with our fundraising.”
The project would also include the installation of toilet to help make All Saints a more usable building.