Holy Trinity, Casterton

The church is home to historically significant oil on canvas wall paintings by Clarke, and stained glass windows by Henry Holiday. The wall paintings were suffering due to trapped moisture in the building fabric and major repairs were required. The nave was re-roofed with new slates and the flat roof of the tower replaced with a new lead lining. The bells and part of the frame had to be lifted to allow timber repairs to be carried out to the lower bell frame and belfry floor. Inside the Church the baptistry was completely re-plastered using lime putty plaster. The west walls of the nave were in need of re-plastering and great care was taken to protect the canvas paintings as they would remain in place during the works. Much of the underlying original plaster was retained on view with local areas re-plastered in lime putty plaster.

The £180,000 project was funded in part by English Heritage through their Repair Grants for Listed Places of Worship scheme.

The oil on canvas painting were fixed directly to a later plaster lining meaning that re-plastering had to be very carefully executed, retaining the later plaster and leaving the majority of the canvas on the wall.

Only the lower left part of the Nativity painting was removed for conservation off site.

An early decorative border was discovered below a later paint scheme. No attempt was made to restore the decoration which was simply left as found.

Externally, the nave was re-slated and the tower roof replaced and re-leaded.

During the works the tower roof was removed to allow work on the sill beams of the bell frame; the bells had to be lifted out of the frame from above.

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