Vandals Damage Bilborough Church, Set Back Renovations

ChurchVandals have caused over £1,000 in damage to St. Martin’s Church in Bilborough after smashing newly-installed glass and scrawling graffiti on the wall.

The church had been undergoing a £744,000 renovation after funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

However that work, due to the completed by the end of October, has been delayed due to the incident which happened over the weekend.

In addition to the damage to the windows, the vandals put rocks down a drain and broke into the medieval porch.

Vandalism was a big factor in the church falling into disrepair over the years, with the building left untouched for years.

And the latest news provides a further setback for the Grade II listed building after it had been recently announced they were up for an English Heritage Award.

St. Martin’s, along with three other entries, is up for the ‘Best Rescue or Repair of a Historic Place of Worship’, with the winner set to be announced in November.

The building dates back to 1356 with numerous reconstructions taking place over it’s history, the most recent restoration of the site began back in 2010.

In May 2014, work started on restoring the Victorian barrel vault ceiling, blocked east window and the murals of Evelyn Gibbs.

The paintings, completed in 1946, are thought to be the only ones that have survived after Gibbs was evacuated to Nottingham from London during World War II.

The current renovation also involved new exterior stonework and pointing and improved access via the medieval south porch.

This project is just one of 36,000 projects that the HLF fund, allocating a total of £6billion across the UK.

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