Church restoration works continue

By Liam O'Callaghan in Community News

THE walls of St Mary’s Priory in Chepstow have been covered in scaffolding in recent times as restoration work is completed on the building’s roof.

The current works are part of the first of a two-phase restoration on the building which turns 950 years old this year.

Reverend Canon Christopher Blanchard said the front and the top of the Priory will be receiving attention.

He said: “The works are part of a larger programme of restoration which has been needed for some years after work was done on the tower three years ago.

“They are restoring the main roof above the large central floor, there will also be work done at the front to provide access. It will make access easier and have access for the disabled.”

The current works are expected to be finished towards the end of May to the start of June, but more work will follow.

Canon Blanchard added: “This is the first phase of repair, the second phase of repair will be on the stonework at the front of the church.”

The funding for the repairs has come from a number of grants which the church is thankful for.

“We have been well supported by the Heritage Lottery fund with a grant of £140,000, a Cadw grant of £40,000 and £100,000 from James trust, a local charity trust. All together it is about £450,000 which has allowed for a major restoration.”

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