Friday, 25 June 2021

Cash boost for restoration of historic chapel

THE historic Chapel of the Blessed Trinity at Stonor Park is set to have the roof and clock tower retiled

THE historic Chapel of the Blessed Trinity at Stonor Park is set to have the roof and clock tower retiled and a new rainwater drainage system installed.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has said the Catholic chapel meets its criteria for funding and has awarded the project development funding of £12,700 to carry out investigative work.

The Stonor Foundation now has a year in which to submit a full proposal and compete for a larger award.

The chapel restoration fund has already received grants towards the cost of the restoration work from the J Paul Getty Jnr Trust, the Country Houses Foundation, the Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust, the Weston Garfield Trust and the All Churches Trust.

The work, which will be carried out under the supervision of conservation architect Nick Cox, will re-used and replicate existing materials in order to protect the building from weather damage.

The chapel, which was built in the 13th and 14th centuries by the Stonor family, is on English Heritage’s at risk register.

Lord Camoys said: “Recently we have been replacing as many as 90 tiles a year. Following a quinquennial report, it is apparent that major work is now required on the roofs to protect the chapel’s historic interiors.

“The Stonor Foundation is very grateful for all grants, which will ensure that the buildings are made water-tight and kept available for future generations.”

Stuart McLeod, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South-East, said: “There is a place of worship in almost every village and town across the South-East, providing a very powerful visual connection with our past.

“Not only will this Lottery grant help secure the immediate future of the chapel, it will also empower its congregation to tell the chapel’s historic story so it can be enjoyed more widely throughout the community.”

The chapel is used for mass as well as baptisms, weddings and funerals, school visits and recitals.

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