You are here:

Priceless protection at Thornham Parva Church


Protecting the unique oak retable at Saint Mary’s Church.

Thornham_Parva_ChurchIn the heart of leafy Suffolk is Saint Mary’s church in the hamlet of Thornham Parva, which houses a priceless retable. Richard Halsey, East of England Director for English Heritage says “The Thornham Parva Retable is a great national treasure”. The oak altar-piece is thought to have been created in the 1330s and it has recently undergone an extensive eight-year restoration programme. The Retable is irreplaceable, so the conservationists needed to be certain that the masterpiece was housed in a secure environment, protected from the risk of fire. The Envirograf® passive fire protection product range was chosen, to give robust protection and high quality finish. The products were supplied by Fire Prevention Products (Essex & Suffolk), the architect for the project was Tony Redman of Whitworth & Co, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, and work was carried-out by specialist builder RJ Hogg.

Products used

Intumescent coated slabsIntumescent block grillesPanelled door fire upgrade kitsIntumescent Paint for Wood (HW System)Water-based intumescent adhesive (IA)Surface mounted intumescent fire & fire/smoke sealsHinge, Lock and Door Closer Fire ProtectionRebated Intumescent Fire Seals


If you have recently used our ENVIROGRAF® passive fire products, why not share your story with us, so we can publish it here.

We’ll be happy to visit you and write about you and your project ( free publicity ).  Contact us now!

Envirograf ® products are tested to British Standards & European Standards at approved test centres.

Find out more