FOUR South Warwickshire churches have been awarded grants totalling £70,000 by the National Churches Trust as part of a £645,000 rescue package for 45 of the UK’s most historic and community minded churches.
The Grade I listed Collegiate Church of St Mary, in Warwick, receives a £40,000 Cornerstone Grant for urgent repairs to the Beauchamp Chapel, one of the country’s most beautiful, elaborate and historically significant chantry chapels and widely regarded as second only to the Henry VII Chapel at Westminster in grandeur.
It houses the tomb of Richard Beauchamp, who was one of the richest and most powerful people in English history.
Alison Giles, the church’s campaign director said: “We’re delighted to have the support of the National Churches Trust for this project. As well as the obvious financial value, we greatly appreciate this endorsement of the significance of the building and urgency of the repair needs.”
The Grade II* listed St Peter’s Church, in Kineton, receives £10,000 to help fund urgent masonry repairs and conservation because of safety risks to the public of masonry falling and to prevent further deterioration of the building over time and to overhaul cast iron rainwater goods.
Grade I listed St Lawrence’s Church, in Oxhill, receives £10,000 to help fund a project to strip and re-slate the nave roof and stonework repairs.
St Laurence’s Church, in Shotteswell, a Grade II* listed building with evidence of Saxon origins, receives £10,000 to help fund work including urgent masonry repairs to the 13th century tower parapet and also repairs to the leaded windows and to the south door.
The National Churches Trust is the leading national independent charity concerned with the protection and welfare of churches, chapels and meeting houses throughout the UK.
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