It has been announced that St John the Baptist Church at Great Hale, Sleaford, has secured an award from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for an exciting heritage project to regenerate the late Anglo-Saxon church. 

Made possible by money raised from National Lottery Players, the project will focus on replacing the decaying wooden floor with limecrete and Ancaster stone, plus the removal of the pews, replacing them with chairs, which will enable the church to extend the range of community events and heritage exhibitions that it can offer. Archaeological investigations will be recorded and might reveal the foundations of the original Anglo-Saxon church.

Thanks to National Lottery players, many will be able to discover the secrets and heritage of this ancient church through exhibitions, booklets, guided tours, sessions on Anglo-Saxon history for schools, and oral history recorded from members of the local community. Building work is scheduled to start on 6th July 2020.

The spiral staircase in the church tower is unique and is the only one of its type from the Anglo-Saxon period in the United Kingdom. The stone image of the Madonna on the tower is only one of 10 in the country and dates from the late-10th century. This award will give young people an amazing and exciting opportunity to engage with, and experience, living history that will remain with them for years to come.

Commenting on this award, Elaine Huckle (Churchwarden) said, “We are thrilled to have received this support from National Lottery players, and we believe the project will enable the church to reaffirm its presence in the community and also deepen interest in this historic church building.”

Further information on the church is available here.

This item was published on 10th March 2020.