ST MARY’S Church in Warwick has secured a £75,000 grant towards urgent repairs to the historic Beauchamp Chapel.
The national Heritage Fund cash will help pay for repairs to the roof and masonry of the 15th century chapel, the oldest part of the church, built to house the tomb of Earl of Warwick Richard Beauchamp, who was one of the richest and most powerful people in medieval England..
The memorial, a full sized gilded effigy, is one of the country’s greatest medieval treasures, and was once borrowed for a major exhibition at the V&A museum in London.
Church spokeswoman and lead fund-raiser Alison Giles said: “The grant enables us to kick off with repair work as soon as possible.
“We want to have work on the roof completed before the bad weather really kicks in, as the artifacts within the chapel are of great importance locally and nationally.”
St Mary’s Church is one of 17 projects awarded a grant from not-for-profit business Wren’s Heritage Fund scheme.
It awards grants to community, conservation and heritage projects situated within ten miles of landfill sites, from funds donated by UK waste and resource management company FCC Environment.
Kristian Dales, sales and marketing director at FCC Environment, said: “We believe it’s very important to maintain and protect historical sites such as the Collegiate Church of St Mary.
“Buildings like this are part of the country’s rich history and we must ensure they remain intact for future generations. We’re delighted to support the church and look forward to the completion of this stage of the project.”