5:00pm Saturday 31st August 2013
ARCHITECTS have found a mediaeval bell frame inside the tower of a village church in desperate need of restoration.
Architects from Nick Joyce Architects made the discovery while investigating historical features and the importance of the tower construction of St Peters Church, in Pirton.
The striking black and white timber framed bell tower of the church is deteriorating and in need of significant repair and restoration.
Despite a Heritage Lottery Fund grant towards the repair and investigations, parishoners still have to fund £40,000 to ensure the structure is maintained for future generations.
Dendorchronolgy tests – tree ring dating – are being carried out and the results are expected in a couple of weeks.
Derek Skeys, chairman of the Pirton Church Tower Appeal, said that while the bell tower is thought to date back to the 14th or early 15th century, they were unaware of the existence of the frame, designed for two bells.
An iconic structure, the church is thought to have been the inspiration for Hornby when they produced a Skaledale model called Holy Trinity Church. He said: “It is important that this work is carried out to stem the deterioration of the fabric which has become evident over recent years.
“If these repairs are not completed, the tower as an example of traditional timber framed building may be lost.”
Parishioners have set up the Save Pirton Church Tower page on Facebook and have already organised karaoke and Strictly Come Dancing evenings as well as a barn dance and quiz night.
For more information log on to facebook.com/PirtonChurch To make a donation or support the fund-raising committee, contact Derek Skeys, Pirton Church Tower Appeal, 35 Worcester Road, Pirton, Worcestershire, WR8 9EF or call 01905 820044.
Cheques should be made payable to Pirton Church Tower Appeal.
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