Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Historic England funding to save historic local church

Historic England has awarded a grant to St Bartholomew’s church just outside Louth to carry out emergency works on the south transept roof.

The redundant Grade II church is among 162 organisations receiving lifeline grant from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.

It was put on the at risk register in 2019, is of 14th Century construction, the south transept roof is in very poor condition with an uneven and failing slate roof and ceiling which is in danger of collapse, there is also significant movement to the south gable wall.

The Covenham St Bartholomew Heritage Trust, the charitable body responsible for maintenance and repair, have been fighting to bring the history of the church to life and breath life back into this beautiful building.

One of the many churches who fell victim to lead thieves in October 2019 this emergency repair works grant will not only be the first steps in making the building safe but will also create three trainee jobs.

Three trainees will be recruited from a bursary programme offered by Historic Environment skills (HES) project to work alongside the craftspeople for the full duration of the project programme, learning heritage skills including traditional roofing skills and the use of lime mortars.

The south transept repairs will involve the removal of the existing slates and ceiling, full inspection by the engineer, repair and reinstatement of the timber roof including introducing wall plates to protect the rafters.

The roof will be slated re-using as many of the original slates as possible. Masonry consolidation to the wall heads and movement cracks will be carried out. The project started with the scaffolding going up on 15th October and is anticipated to last until early December 2020.

Image credit: Diane Seddon

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