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Let’s raise the roof! Fundraising to support restoration of Revesby’s historic church

Delve into Revesby Estate’s unique history during its upcoming fundraising event.

Revesby Village Hall is hosting a historical talk later this month in a bid to raise much-needed funds to support the St Lawrence Church roof appeal. 

The 19th century church, situated on the picturesque Revesby Green, needs extensive roof repairs after many parts have collapsed through wear, tear and rough weather over its many years in service. Once roof restoration is complete, the church will be able to resume normal service and continue to serve as a thriving local community hub.

To help raise the crucial funds, Revesby Estate’s resident historian, Arthur Pattison, is hosting a unique talk on Saturday 30th April which will give guests an unparalleled insight into the exciting history of Revesby. Taking place at Revesby Village Hall, the ticketed event is open to anyone interested in finding out more about the rich heritage in and around the estate. 

Arthur Pattison said: “I’m thrilled to be hosting this historical talk at Revesby Estate in which I’ll be covering the periods all the way from the Jurassic Period through to the Early 20th century. The event will be primarily centred around Revesby and its surrounding area – as Revesby Estate itself has a deep history dating back to almost 1000 years. 

“After the Norman Conquest in 1066, the estate was left to the Cistercian monks of Rievaulx Abbey to build a monastic community in Lincolnshire. When King Henry VIII dissolved the monastery in 1539, he gifted the estate to his brother-in-law, Charles Brandon, and the state became private. In 1714, the estate was purchased by Joseph Banks and, since then, it has been passed from one generation to another. 

“During the talk, there will be a focus on these specific events and (hopefully) some humorous anecdotes in the mix.”

Arthur is also offering the rare opportunity to purchase signed copies of his historical novel ‘Return of the Atheling’ at a significantly reduced price, with all proceeds going to funds for the church’s essential restoration.

Gavin Wiggins-Davies, from Revesby Estate, said: “We are so pleased to be welcoming Arthur to share his insightful knowledge around the history of Revesby Estate. As the current custodians of Revesby Estate, and having celebrated over 300 years of unbroken ownership, I find Arthur’s expertise regarding Revesby and our estate particularly interesting!

“St Lawrence Church itself has a rich history; the church you see today was provided by James Banks Stanhope and Edward Stanhope and completed in 1892. There is also a monument to Joseph Banks, a Norman front and a pretty reredos with gilded angels and mother-of-pearl inlay – and fragments of Revesby Abbey can be seen as reset masonry in the tower of the church.

“The funds raised from this event will help support the St Lawrence Church roof appeal and help get the venue back to its former glory.”

The historical talk will be held at Revesby Village hall on Saturday 30th April, from 2:30pm until 4pm, with light refreshments included. Tickets for the event are priced at £10 per person, with all proceeds going to the St Lawrence Church roof appeal. Please contact Ian Scard for all ticket enquiries on: 01507 239856. 

You can also find more information about Revesby Estate on their website or by signing up to their monthly newsletter

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