Thanks to National Lottery players the project will carry out essential repairs to the 165yr old roofs, stonework and glazing as well as work to the 11th Century Tower. This will conserve the rich heritage of All Saints Church and, in combination with plans for new leaflets and displays, open up this wealth of history to an increasing range of audiences. There will be exhibitions about the different churches which have been on the site and the features of the current church as well as talks on the role the church has played in village life.
As the local church for prominent landowners the Dawnay family All Saints was designed to impress. Regarded as the most elaborate of architect GT Andrews’ church designs, All Saints has many wonderful architectural features as well as being a focal point for all major life events in the three villages making up the parish – Newton on Ouse, Linton on Ouse and Beningbrough. The tall white spire of All Saints is a local landmark and was used as a navigation aid during World War II for planes returning to RAF Linton on Ouse.
One of the churchwardens, David Theakstone, said on behalf of Newton on Ouse Parochial Church Council:
“We are delighted to have been awarded this grant – without the generosity of the Heritage Lottery Fund a project on this scale would have been impossible for us. After two years of planning we can at last look forward to making firm plans for the project as we seek to repair and restore the important heritage within the church and encourage greater engagement within our community and the wider public. As more and more people become interested in their family and local history it is vital we protect these wonderful buildings and keep them open to the public.”
Explaining the importance of the HLF support, Fiona Spiers, Head of HLF Yorkshire and Humber, said; “There is a place of worship in almost every ward, village and town across the Yorkshire and Humber region, providing a very powerful visual connection with our past. This award to All Saints Church, Newton on Ouse will help safeguard the future of the church, protecting the building whilst enabling people to learn more about the stories and heritage of the building.”