Lynn Minster added to Heritage at Risk register amid fears of falling masonry

PUBLISHED: 16:14 21 October 2016 | UPDATED: 16:14 21 October 2016

Lynn Minster lit up - view from West Lynn. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Lynn Minster lit up - view from West Lynn. Picture: Matthew Usher.

© Archant Norfolk 2015

King’s Lynn Minster has been added to Historic England’s Heritage at Risk register – and its vicar is calling for work to be carried out soon to prevent pieces of masonry falling from the iconic building.

Historic England said the landmark has been put on the list due to “decaying high level masonry”.

It added: “The Heritage Lottery Fund has offered a grant for the first phase of repairs to masonry of the west towers.

“Further phases of conservation elsewhere in the building will be programmed after detailed surveys and research have been completed.”

Canon Christopher Ivory, vicar at Lynn Minster, said: “It’s an issue we’ve known about for a while, and being put on the at risk register is part of the process of dealing with the problem.

“The area most at risk is high up on the north side of the chancel, which is 15th century stonework.

“It’s serious enough that, if we have another couple of severe winters, bits might start falling off. But the Minster’s not going to fall down. We want to address it in the near future, before it gets worse and bits fall off or the windows blow in.”

He said the repair work would cost about £58,000, about half of which would be funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The other half of the money has already been raised through grants and other means, so the funding is in place to start work, he added.

“We won’t have to close while the work is carried out, but there will probably be some scaffolding up. Most of this work is external. It’s not too dramatic at this stage.”

The church was founded around 1095 as part of the Benedictine Priory serving the wealthy medieval port of Lynn. The Norman church was rebuilt in the 13th century and as the wealth of the port grew, the church was endowed by wealthy merchants of the town trading with the Hanseatic ports of Europe.

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