Restoration of church archway in Owston Ferry

The Rev John Rhodes rededicates the archway in front of the congregation with (far right) The Rev Jeremy Green.

The Rev John Rhodes rededicates the archway in front of the congregation with (far right) The Rev Jeremy Green.

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A Victorian archway of a church in Owston Ferry has been restored, and last Sunday a rededication service was held to declare its completion.

he archway, of St Martin’s Church, built in 1859, had deteriorated badly over the years, but a grant from North Lincolnshire Council to fund 50 per cent of restoration costs and a new notice board, means it is now as good as new.

However, shortly after confirmation of the grant things did not look so good as a lorry crashed into the arch, but hard work and dedication made it as good as new.

Church member Tess Johnson said: “The restoration involved taking each stone out and numbering it so that all the stones could be assessed as to whether they required restoration to be paid for by the grant, cleaning, or replacing, to be paid for by the insurers.