Looking forward to Christmas at St John the Baptist church
Published: Wednesday, November 25, 2015
A restoration project at St John the Baptist Kingston Lisle is nearing completion, with the help of funding from the National Churches Trust.
In December 2014, the National Churches Trust awarded the church a £20,000 Repair Grant to help fund a project to restore the roof, timber and walls and install new heating and lighting. Over time, the project expanded and involved rehanging the bells and reordering the seating and flooring. Once the restoration project is complete, the building will be safeguarded for generations to come and will be transformed for the benefit of the church’s congregation and visitors.
A response to Pagan worship
St John the Baptist church dates back to the 12th Century and was allegedly founded in response to Pagan worship on the nearby White Horse Hill. The church interior features 14th Century wall paintings depicting Peter, Paul, Herod and Salomé, stained glass and 15th-17th Century bench ends, panelling, pulpit and rood screen. During the Victorian era, the church was left largely untouched. In ‘The Buildings of England’, Nikolaus Pevsner also notes the "splendid iron hinge work c.1200" on the main door.
A packed church
In recent years, the church has been packed at Christmas and Easter services where the village choir performs. There has also been an increasing number of weddings and baptisms of local people. The restored church will also be able to host other events such as concerts and talks.
Churchwarden Angus Saer said:
"We were absolutely thrilled to have such wonderful support from the National Churches Trust which put us a big step further towards our fundraising target. The work is proceeding well and is on schedule to be finished by Christmas Day 2015."
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The National Churches Trust relies solely on the generosity of our supporters to fund our work and help rescue churches like St John the Baptist.
Since January 2015, we have helped churches and chapels throughout the UK by providing funding for community and repair projects through grants totalling £1,553,441.
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