You don’t have to spend long in a Church of England parish church to see that the condition of many of the older memorial and monuments within them is deteriorating: cracks, spalling/flaked surface, loss of paint/gilding, lost elements. Some of this damage is the result of iconoclasm, the deliberate destruction of religious imagery, particularly during the 1540s and 1640s. Other damage is simply caused by the passage of time.
So, who is responsible for the maintenance and repair of memorials in our parish churches and churchyards? And what repair are they allowed to do?Continue reading “Who cares for our historic memorials and tomb monuments?”