Battle to save historic paintings after lead is stolen from Burton Dassett church

| September 4, 2011

A CHURCH built by the Knights Templars in the 1300s faces a massive bill to protect medieval wall paintings after thieves stripped lead off the roof.

It is the second time in four years that thieves have targeted All Saints in Burton Dassett.

Now parishioners face the prospect next year of not being able to get insurance cover for the roof.

Worshippers also face an uphill struggle to get English Heritage to agree to another metal being used to replace the lead on the Grade I building.

John Anderson, a church warden and treasurer, said: “They took about 10 per cent of the lead but the way they removed it was an act of vandalism.

“They ripped flashings off and damp is getting in – it was wanton vandalism. We’re left now with a £20,000 problem.”

Mr Anderson, who has been associated with he church for 25 years, said he was concerned for the wall paintings which were whitewashed during the Reformation and rediscovered in Victorian times.

“The most dramatic one depicts the crucifixion scene with Mary and St John on either side and two sensing angels,” said Mr Anderson.

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