Lottery support for Gothic gem

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Heritage Lottery funding has helped save a Gothic gem near Louth.

A substantial lottery grant has boosted fundraising already successfully carried out by the local community towards the repair of St Peters’ Church in Raithby cum Maltby.

GMS Architecture, based in Louth, has been appointed as the adviser and conservation architect/surveyor for the project.

The Grade II listed 12th century church, rebuilt in 1839 in an ornate high Gothic style, is in vital need of repairs. The work will include urgent repairs to the roof and timbers and the reinstatement of the internal ceiling and decoration. Without this conservation the building would soon become unsafe and unusable.

Chris Mackintosh-Smith, director of GMS Architecture, said: “This is a little gem of a church, very close to Louth and Hubbard’s Hills, which should be on every visitor’s day-out itinerary. We are very pleased to be involved in helping this church to remain open to the public. The roof repairs will keep the water out, and ensure the long-term survival of this beautiful building in its tranquil setting.”

GMS is a conservation accredited practice that offers creative architectural design solutions to a wide range of clients.

The practice specialises in finding innovative solutions to the problems of repair and re-use of historic and listed buildings.

Its past projects include St Thomas’ Church in Market Rasen, Ruddocks of Lincoln and the Roman Bastion in Lincoln.