North Yorkshire church to get 21st-Century revamp
Plans to update a Grade I-listed church, old enough to receive a Domesday book mention, have been revealed, with changes like underfloor heating and a new altar afoot.
Church leaders from St Gregory’s in Bedale, North Yorkshire are looking to remove several pews, create an additional altar, relocate the front, enhance floodlighting, and install a servery, toilets, and underfloor heating as part of refurbishment costing £1.5m.
The plan is to enable the community to access a wider space and get some insight on the church’s heritage, much of which is steeped in centuries gone by. It is regarded as among the most relevant historic constructions in the area, and includes a fortified tower, erected in 1330 to act as a safe haven from the Scots.
Seven days consultation recently took place with drawings and plans on display by the church, in the Chantry Hall.
Reverend Ian Robinson conceded that not all residents will appreciate the changes to the historic building. However, he pointed out that they had no choice but to give the church a 21st-century look. He said:
“It would put the church even more at the heart of the community. Realistically we are looking at five years with the work done in phases. The pews could be replaced with movable benches or individual chairs. We also want to make more of the heritage of the building.”
He added that the church’s layout will not undergo any renovation and that its 1850s fixed pews will remain intact.