Village Alive Trust


When the nave roof moved almost to the point of collapse in the summer of 2002 it was clear that "patching up and making do" would no longer suffice. The choice before the village was stark – either restore this Grade 1 church for at least the next 100 years or let it fall into ruin. With very little money (and some debts) the small congregation set about raising funds and grants firstly to save the building and then to make it the finest possible example of a quintessential country church in it’s largely unchanged setting.

As the roof was stripped the full extent of the movement of walls and roof was obvious. The nave timbers were ridden with Death Watch beetle and rot. The wallplates were badly out of line and the masonry unstable. The window stonework was very fragile and the glazing buckled and incomplete. The electric wiring was dangerous and the organ and bells unplayable. Access to the church was hazardous and difficult. Fifteen months later, skilled craftsmen using traditional techniques have restored the church. The bells are repaired and re-hung. The medieval wall painting and the 18th century Coat of Arms are conserved. Parking and disabled access is planned and the organ will be restored.

With generous support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Cadw, the Historic Churches Preservation Trust, the Welsh Churches Fund and the Allchurches Trust, the parishioners and friends of Llangattock Lingoed have preserved a wonderful building and kept alive the tradition of worship in this sacred place.