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The south chancel roof at Hexham Abbey is being protected after a £2,883 grant from the National Churches Trust to fund essential rainwater goods repairs.
Hexham Abbey has been at the heart of the community for almost 1350 years and plays a vital role in the local economy. Its outdoor space is used regularly to host Farmers’ Markets and significant town celebrations.
This vital work, which can now commence, will protect the south chancel roof and the community seating area adjacent to the town’s historic market square. Dragon’s feet will be installed to help disperse the flow of rainwater over the roof, protecting the Grade 1 listed fabric of the roof. This in turn will ensure that the flagged area below can remain accessible to the public.
David Glover, Rector at Hexham Abbey said, “The work proposed will help to ensure this wonderful building can be enjoyed by visitors, worshippers and pilgrims for many years to come.”
The National Churches Trust is the national, non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting churches of all Christian denominations in the UK.
It aims to:
a) Provide grants for the repair, maintenance and modernisation of church buildings
b) Act as a catalyst to improve and bring resources to the management of church buildings
c) Promote the value of church buildings to the community at large
For more information visit www.nationalchurchestrust.org