All boxed up and ready to go
Work continues to go on apace in readiness for the roof repairs at Whittington. Tombs inside and outside have been boxed up for protection and also the war memorials. All this is important when working on a historic building such as St Bartholomew, Whittington. The works are being done by the Splitlath Building Conservation (https://www.splitlath.com/) and funded by a very generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and local fund raising and gifts. (May 2019)
Urgent repairs to the roof of St Bartholomew’s Church in Whittington, to stop water damage, will begin in the next couple of months thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. This project which is costing in the region of £350,000 has been awarded a grant of £270,000 to this church dating from the eleventh or twelfth century to make it weather tight and structurally stable.
The building has two 13th century knights’ tombs and also the tomb of one of their wives Other features include a twelfth century octagonal font. A further £80,000 has been raised from other funders, including the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust and local donations and fund-raising.
The project co-ordinator, Mr Charlie Lewellyn-Palmer, who is a Churchwarden and the Church Treasurer said: “Getting this grant has been wonderful news and thanks are due, not only to those who are involved with the National Lottery, but also to all the people and organisations in Whittington who supported our application. We’ve worked very hard to ensure that the scope of works and the plans for St Bartholomew’s provide a heritage legacy for the whole community.
“Making the building weather proof and structurally sound will enable the church to increase its involvement in the life of the local and wider community and benefice. The church has a rich and fascinating place in local history. It is also increasingly being used by the wider community. The annual Village Show has some of its exhibitions there. The church has hosted choral and jazz concerts in recent months and been visited by local schools.
The work, which is due to begin in April or May. Existing stone roof slates which are still in good condition, will be re-used on the roof’s inner slopes. Other work include overhauling and painting the rainwater pipes and gutters.
The Church will remain open as much as possible during the works. Further information on this will be provided once a start date for the works is confirmed.
For historical information about both Whittington Village and the Church visit www.historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1341364
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