REPAIRS to the old chapel at Fairmile Cemetery in Henley will cost more than £100,000.
The building is owned by Henley Town Council and town clerk Janet Wheeler has recommended that the council applies to Historic England to help fund the project.
She said: “I would say it is going to cost at least £100,000. It’s in a shocking state of repair.
“Historic England don’t take on the property, they take on the project. You give them the details and they tell you if it is worth applying.”
Peter Burness-Smith, of St Mark’s Road, wanted to use the building for a museum about George Orwell, who lived in Henley and Shiplake as a boy.
In 2011 he agreed a lease with the council for a peppercorn rent of £1 but the deal was cancelled in 2014.