Phase II stonework completed
Guidebook and leaflets available inside church or by mail order
The tombstones and clipped yew trees in the churchyard of St Mary's are a major
cultural and historic asset and enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.
There are various styles of tombstone and many were intricately carved. About 230 of these are
the famous table tombs and monuments. Most of these date back to the eighteenth century.
A structural survey has shown that 98 of the tombstones and monuments were in a poor
or very poor state and in urgent need of conservation work. The action of rain (with frost) on the
porous limestone gradually causes the stone to deteriorate. However water seeping inside the
tombs considerably accelerates the decay. The project sought to deal with the most urgent repair
work, and at the same time to catalogue and analyse an archive of photographs
and drawings dating back over the last hundred years, and to make the whole heritage of
these tombs more widely known and enjoyed through talks, demonstrations and publicity
material. Further details of the project can be found by clicking on "Project" above.
The project will be phased over five years and will cost about £100,000. The Heritage
Lottery Fund has given £50,000 towards the project but further funds are needed.
If you would like to help us financially, donations large or small are most welcome.
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