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New roofs being installed
New roofs being installed

The recovered Madonna
The recovered Madonna

The returned Crucifix
The returned Crucifix

Royal visit of HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall
Royal visit of HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall

 

October 2005 – Heritage specialists William Anelay’s are appointed as contractors. Detailed surveys and enabling works start on site. The Trust moves into its new community base, The Angels, in the former primary school opposite the Monastery.

December 2005 – At last Restoration Begins. Fundraising continues to find much needed funds to restore the High Altar, Lady Alter and many other works of art.

2005 – The Monastery opens to visitors on pre-bookrd tours. The public are able to see the building as it is brought back to life.

April 2006 – The Story of the Monastery shown on national TV in “Passion for Churches” a 30 minute BBC2 documentary.

May-September 2006 – Friary completely rebuilt from the inside out. Church restoration continues. Madonna and other valuable artefacts returned.

October 2006 – The Crucifix returns home with grateful thanks to London Art Dealer Patricia Wengraf.

February 2007 – Royal visit of HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall who were impressed with the Heritage and Craft Skills being employed on the project and they expressed their good wishes and continued support for the work of the Trust.

March 2007 – English Heritage and the North West Development Agency    gave extra grants to enable the kitchens, café and painting of the church to be completed.

 
     
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