Restoring a Dorset Landmark

by Michael Ford last modified 01 Sep, 2015 11:01 AM

Ancient Corfe Castle church benefits from essential repairs, thanks to Dorset Historic Churches Trust.

Restoring a Dorset Landmark

L-R Jeremy Selfe (DHCT), Philip Carter (PCC), Jill Revans (Churchwarden), the Revd Ian Jackson, Louise Haywood (DHCT)

A £7,000 grant awarded by the Dorset Historic Churches Trust (DHCT) has helped to complete vital repairs to the tower, roof and stained glass windows of the parish church of one of Dorset’s oldest landmarks, Corfe Castle.

DHCT’s contribution helped to fund the project at St Edward, King and Martyr’s Church, alongside grants from The Erskine Muton Trust, Viridor Credits and parish fundraising. The amount raised totalled over £50,000.

This ancient building dates back to the 14th Century and has a rich history. The church was badly damaged during the Civil War due to its proximity to Corfe Castle, when a gun was mounted on the tower and horses were stabled inside the building. The church underwent a Victorian makeover in 1860.

Louise Haywood, Deanery Representative for DHCT, commented: “Everyone at St Edward’s Church has done a tremendous job in raising the money required to help fund these repairs.

"These works have enhanced the building for all those that love the church and the spiritual and community life it brings to the village. We are delighted that DHCT and others could help with the outstanding costs and help preserve this ancient church for future generations.”

The work required on this Grade I listed building was identified in the Church’s Quinquennial inspection and was supervised by the Ecclesiastical Architect, Chris Romain. The next stage of the project will be to restore the internal decoration and update the Victorian heating system.

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