Conservator from the Skillington Workshop at work at Holme Pierrepont.St. Edmund’s Church, Holme Pierrepont

St. Edmund’s is a grade 1 listed building with a three bay 13th century nave arcade, a two bay chancel, a 14th century tower and 15th century spire, which stands in parkland adjacent to the Tudor Holme Pierrepont Hall. We are fortunate to have two services each Sunday, a Harvest Supper held within the church, as well as concerts, organ recitals, and a number of weddings each year which provide an important and much needed contribution to our finances.

Within the last ten years extensive works have been carried out with the aid of grants from various local sources, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Nottinghamshire Historic Churches Trust (NHCT). These have included the installation of a bio-toilet, renewal of the bell frame, a new ringing gallery, restoration of the organ, construction of storage cupboards for chairs and tables, and the restoration of four listed monuments in the churchyard.

There are four very fine monuments by John Flaxman and Michael Taylor of York in the chancel. These had become heavily soiled over time, more so in recent years by the use of oil filled candles rather than the traditional wax variety. The PCC decided to investigate the possibility of having them cleaned, and having obtained estimates for the work, instructed The Skillington Workshop of Grantham to proceed at a cost of £7,860 plus VAT. A grant of £950 from NHCT was a great help, and enabled the PCC to extend the cleaning programme to further monuments in the nave.

This, together with previous grants from NHCT, has been a tremendous help in enabling us to carry out an ongoing programme of maintenance, and is much appreciated by all who use St. Edmund’s.

Colin Wightman,
Treasurer and Deputy Churchwarden

 

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