The Development Stage is the name given by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the initial planning phase of our project. Our first step was to approach several suitably qualified architects to tender for the work. From these we selected Andrew Boyce of Ferrey and Mennim to work with us on the project.
A major part of the Development Stage is carrying out investigations to determine exactly what work is needed. As part of this we will employ experts to look into the condition of the drainage system, the stonework on the East face of the tower and around the Clerestory windows, the Clerestory glazing and the condition of the roof including the timbers.
The repairs are only a part of the project – there is little point in making the building watertight once more if there is nobody to use it. Therefore we are working hard on ways to attract more visitors to the church. We have spent hours looking into the history of the church, checking facts and searching for answers as we update the leaflets available within the church. We are planning activities to encourage both local people and visitors from further afield into the church to see the heritage within.
With Beningbrough Hall (National Trust) on our doorstep we hope to attract some of their visitors to explore the connection with Dawnays, Bourchiers and Earles who once owned the Hall.
This website is a part of that – a way for people to keep up to date with the project and learn about All Saints Church, even if they aren’t able to visit.
All Saints Roof Repair Project Team.