23 September, 2020
Through the support of National Lottery, local people, funds, trusts and local organisations, USL are pleased to announce a new conservation repair project is underway at St Leonard’s Church in Flamstead near St Albans.
The new programme of restoration will start this Autumn whilst the church remains open. The church has suffered from damp, leaks, failing timbers and deathwatch beetle. This medieval Grade I building will undergo structural roofing repairs, stone masonry and vital timber repairs.
Our team members are currently onsite preparing internal protection. Exciting works are on their way to make this church waterproof again.
Restoring the “environmental envelope” of the building will also ensure that the roof timbers are no longer prone to attack from beetle or rot. This intriguing church is home to medieval wall paintings which were covered up with whitewash plaster during the Reformation. Having laid forgotten about until the 1930s as well as medieval graffiti. Arches and pillars in the church bear a rich collection of engraved signs, symbols and inscriptions, ranging from simple scratched initials and enigmatic signs.
We look forward to bringing you progress updates on this conservation programme.