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Boost for Puddletown Church


11:41am 5th August 2013
(Updated 7:33am 6th August 2013)

Monuments including an alabaster tomb can now be preserved thanks to £15,000 from the Dorset Historic Churches Trust.

The tomb, which has has effigies of a knight and his lady, suffered from damp and mould in the chapel at St Mary's Puddletown

The monuments within the Athelhampton Chantry in the magnificent 13th century church have been in need of attention for many years.  This project alone has cost £105,000 - over the last decade £384,000 has been raised and spent on the church, and a further £150,000 is planned.

Grants from the Dorset Historic Churches Trust (DHCT), the National Churches Trust (NCT) and a number of other charities have provided support for the repair work carried out, in addition to grants from the Church Monuments Society (Claude Blair Memorial Fund), St Andrew's Conservation Trust and the Francis Coales Charitable Foundation for the conservation aspects.

A further donation for the work on the alabaster tomb chest came from the Church Monuments Society after the Puddletown monuments were featured in a lecture by Brian and Moira Gittos at a symposium at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Society decided to collect funds for its conservation in memory of its founder, Claude Blair.

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