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Ecclesistical & Heritage World No.92

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Cathedral Care

Restoration and upkeep of cathedrals

There are some 42 Anglican cathedrals in the UK, not to mention 20 or so Catholic cathedrals. Cathedrals form the most important collection of historic buildings in England. The largest and most ancient are internationally famous, the smallest are usually among the most significant buildings in their region and even the most recent are architectural masterpieces.


Master Craftsmen

Championing our heritage with modern craftsmanship

Twenty years ago, English Heritage (now Historic England) published its first-ever Register of Buildings at Risk across England, which featured nearly 2,000 buildings and monuments that were ‘neglected, broken and unloved’. Recently Historic England was delighted to announce that over two-thirds of those buildings were now safe, in both urban and rural areas right across the country.


Traditional Lime

Lime: it’s better for buildings – and for the environment

It is now fairly well known that cement is not good for old buildings and that lime mortar should be used. But why? What are the advantages and what are the disadvantages? In order to begin to answer those questions it is necessary to understand the nature of traditional building, the process by which buildings used to be built, and how it differs from modern construction, the process by which we build today.


Audio Visual

Audio visual equipment in church buildings

This guidance is issued by the Church Buildings Council under section 55(1)(d) of the Dioceses, Mission and Pastoral Measure 2007. As it is statutory guidance, it must be considered with great care. The standards of good practice set out in the guidance should not be departed from unless the departure is justified by reasons that are spelled out clearly, logically and convincingly.


Stained Glass

A brief history of stained glass

The origins of the first stained glass windows are lost in history. The technique probably came from jewelry making, cloisonné and mosaics. Stained glass windows as we know them, seemed to arise when substantial church building began.

By the 10th century, depictions of Christ and biblical scenes were found in French and German churches and decorative designs found in England.


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Natural Stone

Identifying and sourcing stone for repair

England is fortunate to have such a wide variety of historic and older stone buildings. However, there has been a marked decline in the range of natural stones that are being actively quarried.


Pest Control

Call in professionals if nesting birds pose a problem

Birds can cause a range of issues during nesting season, but interfering with wild birds, their eggs or nests could lead to prosecution, a national trade body has warned.


CRE Events

Thousands set to descend on Sandown

The next incarnation of Christian Resources Exhibition will be CRE National 2022 – taking place at Sandown Park in Esher, Surrey, on 11-13 October.

Sandown Park is a great venue for Europe’s leading annual exhibition of Christian resources. Just 15 miles from central London, the venue is easily accessible by rail (25 minutes from London Waterloo to Esher) and road (M25 and A3). Parking is free for exhibitors and visitors.


Lead Roofing

The benefits of lead roofing

Lead is one of the oldest materials in the roofing industry and is still commonly used throughout the world today.

Lead roofing is a traditional roofing method which has been used in the industry for hundreds of years, and is therefore proven to be extremely reliable. Lead roofing, and sand-cast lead, in particular is ideal for old buildings such as churches or historical renovations, whereas milled lead roofing is a mass-produced alternative, used for precision and accuracy in homes and commercial buildings alike.


Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings

Historic England supports the Government’s aims to improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings through Part L of the Building Regulations. Many improvements can be carried out, often at a relatively low cost, significantly enhancing the comfort of the building for its users, as well as providing savings on fuel bills and helping to meet greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.


Lightning Protection

When lightning strikes are you protected against this act of God?

The issue of lightning protection in churches is one that has exercised this publication for many years. In this four-part series of spotlights on the issue we will be revisiting various aspects of the subject, beginning with an overview of current thinking.


Heritage Roofing

Heritage roofing - maintaining our iconic buildings

The UK is home to some of the most iconic buildings in the world, from stunning churches and cathedrals to historic stately homes. Each and every one of these remarkable feats of architecture requires regular maintenance to ensure they remain in the very best condition, allowing them to be enjoyed for generations.


Church Lighting

Light up your place of worship

The design of a lighting scheme and the light fittings themselves can have a positive impact on the way your building looks as well as being functional.



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Greenwich Park Ground Preparation Work Begins

Work will begin this week at Greenwich Park to make it ready to host the Olympic Equestrian competition in 2012.

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Work Begins On £48m University Development

Preparations are underway for work on a £48 million development at Durham University.

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Liverpool Celebrates £50m Library Refit

One of the biggest library redevelopments in the UK has been given the green light.

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Patton Scoops Liverpool Fit Out Management

A Co Antrim-based construction group has won a major contract in Liverpool to oversee the fit out a new museum.

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Alexandra Park In Line For £2m Improvements

Alexandra Park in Whalley Range is in line to receive £2 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its restoration.

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Planning 'Red Tape' To Be Cut

It's not just the economy that is being cut-back as there's to be less fuss and 'red tape' around planning applications across the UK.

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Hargreaves' Lock Gates

Hargreaves’ lock gates contract helping keep the Cam a punting paradise

Waterways restoration experts Hargreaves Lock Gates have installed new lock gates for a Grade ll listed lock on Cambridge’s River Cam.

The Jesus Green lock lies in a conservation area and forms a major gateway to the river’s “middle” section. Known as the College Backs, this section is world renowned as a “punting paradise” and is synonymous with the University of Cambridge which marked its 800th anniversary in 2009.

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Want to know how old your building structure really is?


Dendrochronology (tree-ring dating) has, in recent years, become a standard procedure in the investigation and interpretation of ecclesiastical properties.  InEnglandthis is largely the result of such studies being funded by English Heritage, most often as part of their grant-aided support of repairs and renovations to parish churches and associated properties, and to some of our magnificent cathedrals.

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Chicksgrove Quarry

Welcome to Chicksgrove Quarry – Proud Suppliers of Chilmark Stone to Salisbury Cathedral

Chicksgrove Quarry Ltd is the only source of Chilmark Stone, a cream coloured Limestone nationally renowned as one of the country’s finest building stones. 

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Ghostsigns: saving our hand painted advertising

Sam Roberts

They once covered walls across the country with brightly coloured advertising and promotions.  Their demise, which continues to this day, has been profound but an army of photographers have been working to create a lasting record of these signs of old, commonly known as ‘ghostsigns’.


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The Major Repair Programme at Salisbury Cathedral

It was in 1986 that the then Clerk of Works at Salisbury Cathedral, Roy Spring, first identified the huge amount of the work which would need to done on the beautiful and ancient medieval cathedral to conserve it for future generations.  That work was subsequently titled the Major Repair Programme, or MRP.  Four years later, in 1990, The Spire Appeal was set up under the patronage of the Prince of Wales and the massive undertaking began in earnest.

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Heritage Lottery Fund announces more money for major projects and greater flexibility in tough economic climate

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced its continuing commitment to support major transformational projects (HLF grants of £5m and over) in the tough economic climate. 

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Heritage Lottery Fund statement on conflict of interest

All Trustees and Committee members of the Heritage Lottery Fund must declare any personal and business interests. The Conflict of Interest Register is reviewed by the Audit Committee each year and is open to the public on request. 

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Heritage Lottery Fund invests £10.5m in four places of historic significance

Today, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced confirmed funding¹ for four projects in Scotland, Wales and England: 

Sir Walter Scott’s home, ‘Abbotsford’, in the Borders; Newbridge Memorial Hall in Caerphilly; a Tudor dwelling house known as ‘The Walronds’ in Devon; and the 18th-century Wrest Park in Bedfordshire.  Initial support² has also been awarded for projects in Staffordshire, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Suffolk and Worcestershire.

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DCMS' review of arm's length bodies

Heritage Lottery Fund statement:

Commenting on today’s DCMS statement, Carole Souter, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF), said:

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‘Postcards from the Park’ 2010

Get snap happy this summer with ‘Postcards from the Park’ photo competition 

This summer sees the launch of ‘Postcards from the Park’ 2010, a national photography competition organised by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) and parks charity GreenSpace.

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Summer Lottery boost for UK’s parks

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) today announced confirmed funding¹ of over £6m for four parks across England through their joint Parks for People programme 

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) today announced confirmed funding¹ of over £6m for four parks across England through their joint Parks for People programme. The parks in Wallsend, Dudley, Leeds and Burnham-on-Sea² can now go ahead with major redevelopment work.

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