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Meeth Church secures Heritage Lottery Fund investment for restoration project
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

March 14, 2016: Meeth Parochial Church Council (PCC) has received a grant of £156,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the restoration of the tower and bells at St Michael & All Angels Church in Meeth. Meeth Parochial Church Council developed the project with an initial HLF grant of £18,900 to discover the cause of the water ingress to the tower and the means to restore the structural stability of the tower, which was in danger of falling down. Now further HLF funding has been released, the project aims to carry out urgent conservation work to the tower and bells to preserve them for future generations. The funding will also support the installation of new church facilities so that the local community can take part in activities and be part of the church’s heritage. This project also aims to explore the fascinating history of Meeth church. The church, which lies at the heart of a close-knit rural community, was one of the earliest Christian settlements. A recent archaeological investigation revealed rare evidence of an earlier Saxon church and medieval remains. The church décor includes listed medieval and Johannes Stadler bells, a beautiful plaster coat of arms of Queen Anne, listed tombs and memorials. The medieval floor tiles recently examined by an archaeologist, funded by this grant, are unusual, since the majority of specimens were made at the recently discovered kilns at Great Torrington.

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