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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.

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