The first Anglo-Saxon church of Lyminge was originally excavated in the 1850s. No one has seen it for almost 90 years since it was reburied in 1929.
The Pathways to the Past project offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore this unique site with modern techniques and add to our understanding of Lyminge as a centre of royal and ecclesiastical power and a cradle of Christianity in Southern England 1,400 years ago.
Over the past few months, we have been putting more detail to the work proposed under the project and obtaining costings for the different elements. If everything planned for Pathways to the Past goes ahead, then the entire project is likely to cost in excess of £200,000. Yes, that’s a lot of money! The team is already successfully contacting fundraising bodies, but there is a long way to go.
The three most financially significant components of the project are:
- The re-excavation of the early Anglo-Saxon Church. This is located in the churchyard under the footpath leading to the south door. We will use the opportunity to explore for archaeology more widely along the line of the paths in the churchyard. This is planned for July and August 2019. This church is described by Historic England as of ‘outstanding importance’. Even with volunteer support to carry out much of the excavations, we estimate this part of the project will cost around £30,000.
- The photogrammetric survey of the archaeological remains and the standing church to support three dimensional reconstruction of the church site throughout its history. This will on its own cost up to £50,000. However, we believe this will provide the most tangible legacy for the project. These reconstructions are intended to be available through a monitor in the church and on-line. We think this will provide a way of understanding the significance of our church and the importance of our village not just locally but nationally and internationally as well, now and going forward into the future.
- Improving disabled access to the churchyard, and creating step-free access to the church via the north door. The church is open to all throughout the day. It is available for private contemplation, and for talks and concerts as well as for regular church services, baptisms, weddings and funerals, and annual festivals and events such as Christmas, Easter and Remembrance. The churchyard is available for use by the whole community, and many people tend graves regularly. With the enhanced profile of Lyminge as a tourist destination, we can expect more visitors to the church and its environs. The current estimate of the cost of these works is in the order of £25,000.
Pathways to the Past is seeking grants from a wide range of bodies, most significantly the Heritage Lottery Fund, but the available grants are unlikely to cover everything. This is why we are also seeking crowd-funding.
If you would like to help fund this momentous and exciting project, even in a small way, then please send your donation to the Lyminge Parochial Church Council. Donations received for the Pathways to the Past project will be held within a restricted fund specifically for use on the project and will not be used for general church expenditure.
The easiest way to give using a credit or debit card is via our giving page at Go Fund Me
If you prefer to send a cheque, this should be made payable to ‘Lyminge Parochial Church Council: Pathways to the Past’ and sent to: Rob Baldwin Project Manager for Pathways to the Past at 1 James Close, Lyminge, CT18 8NL.
Alternatively, if you wish to pay by bank credit transfer, please contact Rob Baldwin at email@example.com.
If you are a UK taxpayer, you can increase the value of your gift by 25% at no cost to yourself. If you give through our Go Fund Me site, all you need to do is tick the box when prompted. Otherwise, you can download a Gift Aid form here.
All help for the project is greatly appreciated and will be publicly acknowledged when the project is complete.