“New hat and boots” for St Michael’s

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AN historic South Yorkshire church is to receive £180,000 for vital repairs.

The money, from the Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage today is a slice of £2.3 million to be used to repair listed places of worship in Yorkshire and the Humber.

St Michael’s and All Angels’ Church at Great Houghton will benefit this time, as one of many ancient churches to suffer from leaking roofs, crumbling masonry and decaying windows.

St Michael’s was originally a private chapel and was built by Sir Edward Rodes, the High Sheriff of Yorkshire, about 1650. It was used for worship by his family and tenants of his land. Sir Edward died in 1666 and is buried in Darfield Church. His coat of arms was moved there at a later date.

The Rev David Hildred said: “St Michael’s is a unique building and a new hat and boots as we say will make it both watertight and efficient for the future. We’re very grateful for the money”.

Trevor Mitchell, English Heritage Planning Director, said: “We want our historic places of worship to have a secure future. Not only are they places of prayer and hubs of the community, but they are also among this region’s greatest architectural treasures. Without the vital safety net of the Repair Grants scheme, many congregations would be faced with watching their beloved churches and chapels falling into ruin.”