The Church Roof
In 2010 thieves stole lead from the church roof on three occasions before an alarm could be fitted. The gain to the thieves was estimated at a few hundred pounds, but the cost of reinstating the roof ran to over £15,000. The insurance company paid only £5000 towards the claim, which left £10,000 to be found from the residents. With great generosity from the villagers and some enterprising fundraising the total was acquired in just two months. Many of the donors purchased lead memorial plaques, which were then engraved and welded onto the new lead roof. Close up inspection of these plaques is not practicable. The roof is inaccessible and there is now a sophisticated alarm system in place, which will sound a loud siren and alert monitors from the village and local police. These photographs are the only visual record now possible, except by special arrangement. All close up images of individual plaques are shown with the owners' permission.
This picture is of the South facing roof, showing the new (darker) lead, the old (lighter) lead and the memorial plaques. The picture was taken from a scaffold platform soon after completion. The image distortion is due to the extreme wide angle view.
View of the South aisle roof, from the tower roof.
Aerial photograph clearly showing all 47 memorial plaques. Close ups of individual plaques are shown in this album with owners' permission.