Church of England Diocese of Gloucester Driffield (including Harnhill)

Window Repairs to take place in 2021

18 Feb 2021, 10 a.m.

Harnhill Church has a fine set of windows - most of which are filled with historic plain 'Crown Glass' (its the sort of glass you see in windows in pictures on Christmas cards!); the church also has one fine Victorian stained-glass window and the East Window contains fragments of medieval glass.

These windows - the stone surrounds and the glass - all need conservation repairs.  The PCC has been successful in securing a significant grant from English Heritage (£25,000) and funding from other local grant-making trusts to enable it to commission the works.

Graham Dowding, stained-glass expert and conservation stonemasons - RS Stonemasonry - have been appointed to carry out the works in the spring of 2021.  This work will be overseen by the church architect, Ruth Nicholls of Sutton Cox Architects.

"These works have been identified as being urgent and vital to ensure the structural integrity of the window surrounds and the protection of the historic glass", commented the Rector - Canon John Swanton.  "Harnhill Church is located in a tiny hamlet and so fund-raising is a huge challenge - so to receive a significant grant from English Heritage has been a wonderful boost and encouragement.  We are also grateful to local people and other grant making trusts that have supported this project."

It is hoped that works will start after Easter.