St. Mary’s Church in Lydiard Park, Swindon SN5 3PA, has submitted a revised application for a grant to complete the major restoration of the building, some of which dates back to the 13th Century.
The appeal to save the unique wall painting and monuments from deterioration has been running for several years. Funding is requested to complete development works and to restore the historic interior, make the church more accessible to the public, and to create imaginative interpretation and lively education programmes.
Appeal chair Paul Gardner said: “St. Mary’s is widely regarded as one of the most important small churches in England. The reaction of our many visitors is amazement at its treasures. But it desperately needs funds to prevent the historic interiors deteriorating further.”
See the treasures inside St Mary’s at Heritage Open Days this weekend:
Find out more, see the famous Golden Cavalier and the unique St. John polyptych and talk to expert guides on:
Friday 9th and Saturday 10th September – 11am to 5pm;
and Sunday 11th -11.30am to 5pm
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