Sheerness Dockyard Church

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Sheerness Dockyard Church

The Sheerness Dockyard Church, a neo-classical Grade II* gem on the Isle of Sheppey, stands testament to England’s rich maritime heritage. Erected in 1828 and designed by George Ledwell Taylor as part of John Rennie’s vision for the Royal Naval Dockyard at Sheerness, this majestic structure with its Ionic portico served the community until the 1970s. After a period of use as a sports club and youth centre, a devastating fire in 2001 left it in ruins.

Thanks to the Sheerness Dockyard Preservation Trust and a £9.5m restoration effort, this architectural jewel has been reborn. Meticulously restored by Hugh Broughton Architects and Martin Ashley Architects, the church has been removed from Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register. Dirk Lindner‘s photographs capture the transformation, revealing its renewed splendor.

Now, it functions as ‘Island Works’, an enterprise centre aiding young entrepreneurs in collaboration with The Kent Foundation. This rebirth, celebrated with a public opening on 22nd July, was made possible by the Architectural Heritage Fund’s early support and significant contributions from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England.