21 April, 2021
Universal Stone are pleased to be working in partnership with the Flamstead Heritage Project at the beautiful and historically significant 12th century St Leonard's Church in Flamstead, north of St Albans.
The USL team are at work to restore and repair the 15th century nave roof timbers and south clerestory windows, in a race to save a rare and important series of 13th-19th century wall paintings. The murals were covered up during the Reformation and only rediscovered in the 1930s.
Art Historian Ellie Pridgeon said they "stand out" among UK wall paintings, which makes them "very special".
The project has drawn attention to the sensitive restoration repairs as well as the wall paintings, medieval graffiti, Tudor monuments and inscriptions.
Heritage Project Director Andrew Lambourne said "We are extremely grateful to National Lottery players for making it possible for the National Lottery Heritage Fund to support the restoration of this significant Grade I listed building. Local people and organisations, as well as other funds and trusts, have also given generously, and our project will put St Leonard's on the map as a heritage venue as well as a church, to be shared with everyone. The team from Universal Stone are doing a great job, and I know the film crew from Anglia TV were really impressed when they visited."
The news coverage below was aired on Anglia ITV News (April 13 2021)