St Mary

 

This Grade II* listed church is double naved, built of rubble construction with a slate roof. A belfry topped with a gilded fish weathervane contains a 17th Century bell. The churchyard contains many ancient gravestones that reflect the social history of the area as well as two very old yew trees. There are remnants of medieval origin but restorations throughout the centuries have wreaked many changes. Remaining in the church is an ancient though currently unused stone font. The church was subject to a Victorian reordering in the 19th Century led by John Oldrid Scott and has created much of the church seen today.

The grant will help to install an accessible toilet and a small kitchen facility in the northwest corner of the church. This will be contained within partitioning to form a screen to the baptistry area. Cupboard storage will be installed along the west wall. Some pews will be removed to create a space for the construction but also to provide a social space for both worshippers and community use. Wood from the removed pews will be used to create the screens, servery, and cupboards. A glass door will be installed in the porch to provide a welcoming entrance and a view of the repositioned font. 

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