Holy Cross, Chatton Grade II listed

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, extensive repairs to the subsiding North Aisle Garden Room, roof valley gutter repairs, re-slating and repairs to the North Aisle clerestory windows were carried out. Also a large double slope stone ramp was constructed at the West end to improve access and all cast iron rainwater goods were replaced.

When all of the stained glass panels had been removed and brought down to ground level for recording, they were closely inspected for damage. It soon became apparent that what we had thought were clear panels at 150°, actually had small areas of a black coating on one side. This turned out to be remains of silvering on the glass, indicating that each of these large panes were actually mirrored which over the past 170 years had completely degraded. We took the decision that these 6mm sheets should be re-mirrored before being refitted. The whole design of these roof windows appears to be unique to this alteration work carried out by Salvin.

Re-mirrored rooflights bring much more light into the Church

A bricked up doorway was revealed below ground leading to two brick vaulted rooms, possibly the remnants of the 13th century church

Might the lead casket discovery in the vaults be the remains of Rev. William Burrell (1752)?

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