St Sampson’s is a small rural church, standing on a site likely to have been Christian since the 6th century. Completed in 1333 with 15th Century additions and some minor 19th Century restoration, it is constructed of stone with a slate roof. The organ and furnishings are mostly Victorian or later. Treasures include a 12th century font (from the earlier church), medieval roof bosses, two medieval carved heads on chancel tomb recesses and an unusual carved stone frieze, representing the twelve apostles, around the parapet of the tower.
This grant will help towards development of our 'St Sampson's Unlocked' project, which is a large project to restore and improve St Sampson's church, carrying out urgent repairs identified in our quinquennial and subsequent surveys, installing a toilet and small kitchen facility and making the building fit for worship and for local community use for the 21st century and beyond. The project will also enable more people to explore and understand the heritage of the church and its place in the wider community.