Lamplugh Church wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

lamplughTHE Church Council of the Parish of Lamplugh with Ennerdale has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the St Michael’s Church Lamplugh Restoration Project.

The project aims to restore and preserve this beautiful and historic church for the future, by stabilising the movement of the walls, stopping water ingress and repairing water damage to the fabric and windows. It is hoped that work will begin in the latter half of 2017.

Development funding of £8,000 has been awarded to help the Church Council to progress their plans to apply for a full grant at a later date.

The proposed essential and extensive conservation work, together with improved dedicated lighting will provide a welcoming environment for the community, in which information about the church as well as the work of local community groups will be displayed for all local residents and visitors.

The building has always been a focal point for the local community.

It sits in a prominent position on the boundary of the Lake District National Park, beside the popular Coast to Coast cycle route.

It was rebuilt in 1870 being the only church in Cumberland designed by William Butterfield and features fine stained glass windows by Charles Eamer Kempe.

Mrs Martha Jackson, who has just retired after many years as Churchwarden says “It is wonderful to get this support from HLF. It will save our lovely historic church for future generations to enjoy.”

Explaining the importance of the HLF support, Sara Hilton, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund North West, said: “This is an important building both because of its role at the heart of the local community and because of its fascinating history.

“Thanks to National Lottery players, our support will help address urgent conservation needs and ensure the heritage of the church is shared widely. We look forward to seeing how plans develop over the coming months.”