Lydiard Park's St Mary's Church, has received a National Lottery grant award from the Heritage Lottery Fund to conserve its gorgeous interiors.
The project aims include conserving the building's extensive and nationally significant medieval wall paintings, 17thCentury monuments, ancient carved woodwork and star-spangled ceiling.
Made possible by National Lottery players, the grant of £615,000 towards the £901,605 delivery phase will enable the church to carry out the conservation work, environmental improvements and access improvements to St Mary’s Church as well as the delivery of a specialist training programme and associated learning, volunteering and community engagement activities.
The project aims to rescue the church from deteriorating further and improve public access by re-opening the hidden south porch and creating a welcoming interpretation and activity area. The church plans a wide range of educational activities and events as well as offering training and volunteer opportunities for local people, families, schoolchildren and higher education students. These will include hands-on conservation workshops and skills training.
St Mary’s stands behind Lydiard House and currently attracts more than 8,100 visitors a year and is well used by local schools.
For more information visit the church website at www.stmaryslydiardtregoze.org.uk