Restora­tion for me­dieval church

Middleton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - EMMA CURRY

THE me­dieval Mid­dle­ton Par­ish Church is un­der­go­ing a re­fur­bish­ment to re­store it to its for­mer glory.

Grants from the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund, Viri­dor-Cred­its and ChurchCare through the Wolf­son Foun­da­tion mean that ex­ten­sive re­pairs to the church on New Lane were able to get un­der­way.

Scaf­fold­ing has been erected around the church and work is pro- gress­ing on chis­elling out the ce­ment mor­tar on the north clerestory and the tower.

The wooden bel­fry is in good con­di­tion, ex­cept for its roof, where stone slates have slipped and are be­ing re­moved and re­fit­ted or re­placed, as is the felt.

The weather cock and com­pass points have been sent away for re­pair­ing and regild­ing.

Next, any de­fec­tive load-bear­ing blocks of stone will be cut out of the tower and re­placed.

The orig­i­nal stone came from Roy­ley Quarry in Hag­gate, Roy­ton, and the re­place­ment stone, which matches per­fectly, is be­ing quar­ried at Lon­gridge, Pre­ston.

The en­tire work on the church, which is ex­pected to last un­til the end of April 2019, in­cludes the re­moval of ce­ment mor­tar and re­point­ing with lime mor­tar on as much of the ex­ter­nal walls as fund­ing per­mits.

Faulty stone will be re­placed, as will bat­tle­ments which have been van­dalised or have de­cayed.

Win­dows and frames will be re­paired and the south gates will be re­placed with ones sim­i­lar to the orig­i­nals.

Ge­off Wel­lens, of Mid­dle­ton Arche­o­log­i­cal So­ci­ety, said: “The church is the best ex­am­ple of a me­dieval church in Greater Manch­ester as it is lit­tle spoiled over the 600 years since Lan­g­ley built it. We are truly for­tu­nate to have it here in Mid­dle­ton.

“All this work has been made pos­si­ble with grants from the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund, Viri­dorCred­its and ChurchCare through the Wolf­son Foun­da­tion, to whom we owe a great deal of thanks.

“In ad­di­tion to this work, the church has had to fund the re­place­ment of the two el­derly heat­ing boil­ers. This has cost £21,000, thank­fully funded by The Friends of Mid­dle­ton Par­ish Church. Worth it – now the church is warm again.”

A book on stained glass has also been cre­ated thanks to the her­itage lot­tery grant.

It should be avail­able free of charge from the church in De­cem­ber – with dona­tions to­wards the restora­tion much ap­pre­ci­ated.

Liz McInnes, right, with Coun Donna Wil­liams, and staff from Sil­hou­ette

The scaf­fold­ing goes up at Mid­dle­ton Par­ish Church, right

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