WORK is underway to restore Seamer’s historic St Martin’s Church.
Scaffolding currently shrouds the 12th Century place of worship and the project is being funded by a £200,000 lottery grant.
The work is part of a £2 million package, put together by English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund, to help towards urgent repair work at 16 crumbling churches across Yorkshire and the Humber.
It means that St Martin’s Church will get some much needed TLC to its ancient stonework, and the rotting leadwork on the nave, chancel and tower roofs will be replaced.
As well as repairs to the existing structure they are hoping to build a kitchen and toilets inside the Grade I listed building.
St Martin’s was built soon after the Norman Conquest and the oldest parts of the church have walls which are almost two and half foot thick because it was not just a place of prayer but also a refuge for villagers during troubled times.
The work was urgently needed because parts of the castellation on the roof had become unstable and had started to fall to the ground. Water had also started to seep in through the roof.
It had been feared that the building would be unusable by the end of this year if the funding had not been found.