Nottinghamshire’s historic churches bear witness to 1,000 years of Christian worship. They are local landmarks standing at the centre of our communities with their own rich history and character.
Churches such as St Mary’s in Edwinstowe. The Domesday Book recorded a church and a priest. The south aisle was built out as a chantry chapel by Henry de Edenstowe with a grant dated 1341 by the Prior of Newstead. During the same period the roof was raised and clerestory windows inserted. Much restoration work was done during the 1840s and again in the 1890s. Modern work includes a new main altar, a raised floor in the tower, a kitchenette and toilet behind the organ and a stitched parish map, 10′ x 8′, worked by members of the community.
But these buildings like St Mary’s are feeling the tests of time. From damaged masonry to stolen lead, the list of issues facing our local churches can be overwhelming. Restoration costs only rise over time and sources for funding are under increasing pressure.
That is where the Nottinghamshire Historic Churches Trust comes in. Since 1987, the NHCT has awarded grants to help conserve churches and chapels of outstanding merit and historic interest. Their grants go towards the repair and conservation of stonework, roofs, windows, timberwork, bells as well as precious artefacts and paintings. They also help replace old heating and electrical systems, ensuring that today’s congregations can visit and enjoy these historic spaces in comfort.
Their expert trustees, following careers as architects, historians and planners, know the county and its communities better than most. In the past two years, they have awarded over £70,000 to 38 churches across Nottinghamshire.
In 2022, the trust will be celebrating 35 years of awarding these church-saving grants.
You can help them to ensure this vital work continues
By becoming a Friend of the trust, you join a group of fellow-minded individuals, shared in their commitment to keep our county’s historic churches alive. From just £20.00 a year, Friends enjoy discounted access to the trust’s annual summer party, as well as their fascinating church tours and talks.
To become a Friend or make a donation to help preserve these historic buildings, visit their website today at www.nottshistoricchurchtrust.org.uk/how-you-can-help.
You can also make a donation to their Just Giving page, or leave a legacy in your will.
Is your church in need of repair? Apply for a grant today or email their grant secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.