NATIONAL CHURCHES TRUST AWARDS A £3880.00 FOUNDATION GRANT, FOR REPAIR OF
ST EDMUND’S CHURCH ROOF,
St Edmund’s Church, in Kingsbridge’s Fore Street, have been able to repair a leaking roof, which had been causing damage to the church interior, thanks to a generous grant of £3880 from the National Churches Trust.
There has been a church on the site of the current building, and at the heart of the Kingsbridge community for over 900 years. Almost unchanged, except for a few additions in the Victorian era, the current building has stood at the top of our town since the c1400s; it is the one landmark that can be seen from all roads and waterways approaching Kingsbridge. Today the church it is not only used for services but, being the largest indoor space in Kingsbridge is often used for concerts and the occasional public meeting. It is also the venue for the very popular Stanborough Chorus Carols for All Concert, on Christmas Eve, which is regularly attended by over 300 revellers.
Throughout the year the building and its grounds provide a peaceful haven for locals and visitors to pray, sit, rest or just take in the views across the valley to the village of West Alvington on the hill opposite.
Maintaining the building and in particular keeping the water out is a constant battle and financial challenge. The roof and disused chimney above the vestry at the North-East corner of the building has caused many problems being the source of water ingress that has damaged internal decoration and has been the source of many dry-rot outbreaks.
This vital work, which has now been carried out, has removed a major source of water ingress and which with other ongoing maintenance will help keep the water out protecting the sensitive Grade I listed historic fabric of the church.
Mr Duncan McDonald, Church Warden at St Edmund’s said “Stopping water ingress and the problems associated with this is essential in protecting this much loved building and will help ensure that the church continues to be here to serve the community.”
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