A much-loved North Lincolnshire church is to share in a £520,000 funding payout from the National Churches Trust.

A £10,000 National Churches Trust Cornerstone Grant will help fund tower repairs at the Grade I-listed St Mary’s Church, Broughton, making the building watertight and preserving its historic fabric. The church is currently on the Historic England ‘At Risk Register’.

Broadcaster and journalist Huw Edwards, Vice President of The National Churches Trust, said: “The UK’s historic churches and chapels are a vital part of our national heritage. But to survive, many need to carry out urgent repairs and install modern facilities. The cost of this work is far beyond what most congregations can pay for themselves.

“I’m delighted that the St Mary Church, Broughton, is being helped with a £10,000 National Churches Trust Grant. The work on the tower will help secure the future of this much-loved historic building and help to remove it from the Historic England ‘At Risk Register’.”

Sixty-three churches and chapels in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will benefit from the latest grants from the National Churches Trust, the charity supporting church buildings of all Christian denominations across the UK.

In 2019, the Trust distributed over £1.2 million to help churches and chapels tackle urgent repairs, maintenance work and install modern facilities such as kitchens and toilets.

A wide range of grants from the National Churches Trust will be available to help places of worship in 2020 and full details can be found here.


The church

St Mary’s is one of four Anglo-Saxon churches in North Lincolnshire.

The tower was built in the early 11th century as a ‘tower nave’; the chamber at the foot of the tower being the nave, where originally the congregation stood for services.

Abutting the tower is a remarkable Anglo-Saxon stair turret, which appears to have been built against the already standing tower. The turret is cylindrical and consists of a rising helical tunnel made up of concrete-set rubble, its underside still bearing the impressions left by Anglo-Saxon wooden shuttering.

There are a few other examples of cylindrical stair turrets in the UK but only one, All Saints, Brixworth in Northamptonshire, shares Broughton’s helical concrete construction.


The project

The project includes a full survey of the church's tower, which is in bad repair, and funding for urgent repairs.

The Revd David Eames, Rector at St Mary’s, said: “We are delighted that the National Churches Trust have awarded St Mary’s a grant of £10,000. We are very proud of our historically significant tower, and this money will help us to make the necessary repairs to ensure that the tower will be standing for generations to come.”