Plea to help church restoration project

Elizabeth Elvidge, church warden, at St Mary's Church in Hogsthorpe. Photo supplied.
Elizabeth Elvidge, church warden, at St Mary's Church in Hogsthorpe. Photo supplied.

AN HISTORIC church in Hogsthorpe is in desperate need of any budding historians who may know the history behind the stained glass windows which are being restored.

Over the last eight years, four of the 20 windows have been repaired at a cost of around £1,000 each and money has been found for another five, but the remaining 11, need to be refurbished and the church community is seeking someone with knowledge of their history.

“The church has had a lot of restoration work and maintenance over the years but we are still working towards completing the work on the windows. We would be thrilled to find someone who knows the history behind them, particularly the five windows on the south aisle of the church,” said churchwarden, Elizabeth Elvidge.

It is believed that the stained glass dates from 1860 as is typical of early 19th century design, according to information found in the Pevsner’s Lincolnshire volume of the buildings of England, sourced by the church.

“All five windows are in a delicate state with some stained glass panels missing,” said Elizabeth. “These missing panels would have had some kind of design or pattern on them in-line with those still remaining. We would like to establish what these windows represent, whether they were paid for by a local benefactor or from funds raised by the local community.

“If possible, we would like to know what was depicted in the missing panels in the hope that we could restore them,” she added.

A group of charitable volunteers from in around the community have been holding several fund raising events in the hope of raising the money for the ‘fabric fund’ which will be used to carry out the window work and future projects.

“Once the windows are repaired we would like to fix plaster and damp issues inside and one other worrying problem we’ve found is wood worm in the pews and we are hoping it hasn’t spread to the wooden-beamed roof as this will be expensive to treat,” added Elizabeth

To donate, volunteer time or provide photos of the windows or insight, call 01754 872927.