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£1.6m boost for historic Norfolk churches

The future of 20 of Norfolk’s most historic listed churches is more secure today after the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) announced over £1.6m of Lottery funding to help carry out urgent structural repairs. Keith Morris reports.


StAndrewsBlickling400The grants, which give much-needed funds to Norfolk’s places of worship at risk, are part of a wider grants programme of £3.5m across the East of England and £15m across the whole of England.   
 
The money comes from the Repair Grants for Places of Worship scheme, which is currently funded by HLF and administered by English Heritage.  In June 2013, it will be superseded by HLF’s new £30m, UK-wide Grants for Places of Worship programme.  This new initiative will continue to prioritise urgent structural repairs; however it will also enable applicants to apply for funding to support new works - such as the provision of toilets and kitchens - that will improve the functionality of these precious buildings making them fit for the future. 
 
Robyn Llewellyn, Head of HLF East of England, said: “Historic places of worship form prominent and much-loved landmarks within the East of England’s cities, towns and villages.  They are unique buildings that bring local communities together for a variety of reasons from worship through to culture and leisure.  Since 1994, the Heritage Lottery Fund has invested more than £500million into these precious buildings across the UK and with these new grants we aim to ensure even more are secured for future generations to enjoy.” 
 
Greg Luton, English Heritage Planning and Conservation Director for the East of England said: “Listed places of worship make up an elemental part of the historic fabric of England. Thanks to the joint working between the Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage these wonderful buildings, which mean so much to so many, will remain part of our story for years to come.”
 
HLF’s Grants for Places of Worship Programme is now open to applications. It is funded and administered solely by the Heritage Lottery Fund in England, Wales and Northern Ireland although English Heritage continues to provide expert advice in England.
 

Norfolk churches which have received grants are:


 
St Andrew, Blickling, Norfolk (pictured above) - Grant:  £62,000
The grant will be used to repair the chancel roof of this Grade II listed church.
 
St Mary, Bodney, Norfolk - Grant:  £74,000
This grant will be used for reroofing, masonry repairs and repairs to rainwater goods and drainage of this Grade II listed Saxon and medieval origin church. 
 
St Peter and St Paul, Burgh Castle, Norfolk - Grant:  £123,000
The grant will be used for the relaying of the chancel, vestry and north aisle roofs and the repair of the parapets and abutments and the chancel window. This funding will also enable the replacement of the stone tiles on the porch and repair the north aisle walls and floor of this Grade II listed church.
 
St Mary the Virgin, Burgh next Aylsham, Norfolk - Grant:  £62,000
This grant will be used for the re-thatching of the chancel roof and renewing mortar fillets, as well as the construction of a raised roof over the existing boarding on the West Tower and re-pointing of flint work of this Grade I listed church.
 
All Saints, East Tuddenham, Norfolk - Grant:  £80,000
The grant will be used for urgent repairs to the north chancel and nave roofs of this Grade I listed church. 
 
St Mary, Elsing, Norfolk - Grant:  £40,000
This grant will enable masonry and window repairs, as well as essential repairs to rainwater goods and drains in order to protect the significant fabric of this Grade I listed church. 
 
St Mary, Forncett St Mary, Norfolk - Grant:  £148,000
The funding will be used for repairs to parapets and abutments around the church, structural repairs to the chancel, window repairs to the nave and vestry, and rainwater goods and drainage throughout the building of this Grade I listed church. 
 
St Margaret, Garveston, Norfolk - Grant:  £103,000
This grant will be used for repairs to the tower roof and parapets of this Grade II listed church.
 
St Nicholas, Gayton, Norfolk - Grant: £80,000
The grant will be used for the re-leading of the nave roof, re-slating both the North and South Aisle Roof, repairs to the South Aisle Buttress, an overhaul of the rain water goods and improvements to surface water drainage of this Grade I listed church.
 
HolyTrinityGreatHockham400Holy Trinity, Great Hockham, Norfolk (pictured right) - Grant:  £52,000
This grant will be used for urgent repairs to the chancel roof of this Grade I listed church.   
 
St Margaret, Hardwick, Norfolk - Grant:  £55,000
The funding will be used for the re-tiling of the nave and chancel roofs along with associated masonry and carpentry repairs, new rainwater goods, improvements to the below-ground drainage and holding repairs to the wall painting and screen of this Grade I listed church.
 
St Remigius, Hethersett, Norfolk - Grant:  £42,000
This grant will be used to enable the urgent re-slating of the nave roof, replacement of the rainwater goods, repair of the flashings, restoration and redecoration of the gable timberwork and repair of the north clerestory windows of this Grade I listed church. 
 
St Michael, Hockering, Norfolk - Grant:  £145,000
The grant will be used to lift the chancel roof, pull in the spread trusses and repair the roof frame, realign the chancel window and repair cracks in the floor and overhaul rainwater goods of this Grade I listed church.
 
St Peter, Merton, Norfolk - Grant:  £52,000
This grant will enable the re-roofing of the south aisle in zinc, the repair of the rainwater goods and nave render, masonry repairs to the south porch and the conservation of the medieval glass of this Grade I listed church.
 
St Nicholas, North Walsham, Norfolk - Grant:  £22,000
The grant will be used for the required scaffolding, repair and consolidation of the tower masonry and bellcote structure, relaying the felt roof over the choir room, any repairs to the south aisle window of this Grade I listed church.
 
St Andrew, Northwold, Norfolk - Grant: £162,000
This grant will enable the re-roofing of the nave, chancel and south aisle in lead, and to improve the rainwater goods and drains of this Grade I listed church.
 
St Clement’s, Outwell, Norfolk - Grant:  £148,000 
The grant will be used to repair the carvings, carry out high-level masonry repairs, and replace the rainwater goods of this Grade I listed church. 
 
StMaryRockland400St Mary, Rockland St Mary, Norfolk (pictured right)- Grant:  £37,000
This grant will enable the repair of the porch roof, masonry and floor, repairs to the chancel gable wall, new rainwater goods to the porch and the south side of the nave and possibly the underpinning of the porch of this Grade II listed church.
 
St Peter and St Paul, Scarning, Norfolk  - Grant:  £101,000
The grant will be used for urgent repairs to the nave, chancel and vestry parapets and flashings, replacement rainwater goods and some tower repairs of this Grade I listed church.
 
St Nicholas, Swafield, Norfolk - Grant:  £49,000
This grant will be used to repair the thatch on the nave roof and associated timber repairs, with re-leading of two nave windows and repair of rust damaged stonework of this Grade II listed church.
 
www.hlf.org.uk

Pictures courtesy of www.norfolkchurches.co.uk


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