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Church of St John the Baptist
Myndtown
Lydbury North
Shropshire SY7 8BL

The Heritage Lottery Fund

HLF Project

The Grade II* listed church was on Historic England’s Buildings at Risk Register and a number of Quinquennial inspections had stated that much urgent work needed doing. However, with only 11 services a year and a small congregation, this work could not be afforded.
In 2015 we were advised that the roof needed urgent work doing to it, at a cost of some £10,000, and we resolved to raise that amount. However, it soon became apparent that it was going to cost a great deal more than that and that we needed to take in hand the work that needed to be done on other parts of the building.


We resolved to apply to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant to enable us to undertake all the work. In October 2015, we learnt that the application had been accepted and that the project would be awarded, £223,100 towards a total project cost of £282,474, with the balance coming from our £10,000 cash contribution, £5,000 worth of volunteer time and some £45,000 from a special government fund to cover VAT on qualifying items

The following items were included in the project:

  • Replace loose and missing slates to Nave, Chancel and Porch roofs 

  • Repair Porch roof and structure 

  • Repair bellcote roof, flashings and weatherboarding 

  • Repair exposed gable rafters and verges and to north Chancel roof

  • Stabilise load bearing roof timbers 

  • Renew timber trusses as necessary

  • Repair abutment between Chancel and Nave roofs 

  • Repairs to Chancel Arch 

  • Install rainwater goods and rain water disposal system 

  • Replace loose blocks at low level, northwest corner and other locations 

  • Repair external glazing, easing and freeing hopper and decoration of ferramenta bars.

  • Repair external rendering and external redecoration 

  • Realign loose masonry 

  • Upgrade electrics, lighting and heating 

  • Install a sink and cupboard unit 

  • Install brown tourist highway direction signs 

  • Publish this booklet and leaflets on walks, cycle and mountain bike rides, and horse riding trails beginning and ending at the church and produce interpretation and display boards

  • Carry out a range of visitor promotion and engagement activities

During the renovation major discoveries were made relating to THE BELLS and THE ROOFS