St Leonard’s Church in Flamstead, home to rare medieval wall paintings and decoration, has been awarded National Lottery funding to help preserve and celebrate its heritage.
The Living Histories, Lasting Journeys project was awarded £91,200 to help Flamstead Parochial Church Council progress its application for a full Lottery grant of £642,500.
Essential repair work to the 12th century building (above) is planned for 2020 to make the building structurally sound and weatherproof.
The venture will also make its fascinating history more accessible online as well as for visitors and the community. Events planned include puppet shows, drama and hands-on activities for schoolchildren, while colleges will be involved in digital media projects and robotics competitions, as well as designing information displays and recording memories. Visitors and locals will be offered talks and the chance to explore the church’s heritage.
Construction of the church began in 1120 on the site of a Saxon chapel. It’s history can be read in its varied architecture, decoration, monuments and graffiti. A series of wall paintings rediscovered in the 1930s and second only in importance in Herts to those in St Albans Cathedral, span the 13th to 19th centuries.