St Mary’s Church in Gissing, near Diss, offers a closer look at its historic angel roof

Photographer Dave Guttridge taking photographs of St Mary's angel roof. Picture: Angela Sharpe

Photographer Dave Guttridge taking photographs of St Mary's angel roof. Picture: Angela Sharpe - Credit: Archant

It is a church well known for its wooden angel roof, and now professional researchers have got a closer look at the structure at St Mary's Church in Gissing, near Diss.

Gissing Church has a rare example of an angel roof.

Gissing Church has a rare example of an angel roof. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

The angels, a feature of many churches in Norfolk and Suffolk, are difficult to record and study because they are in almost constant shadow.

The Gissing PCC and Friends of Gissing Church partnership have provided an access tower for researchers to see the details and workmanship on the roof – which is believed to have been constructed in 1480.

As part of a £208,800 grant recently received from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the PCC and friends group have to organise several activities to promote and increase the knowledge of the church.

The grant will help with repair and improvement projects on the Saxo-Norman grade I-listed building, including the installation of heating and electricity.

Gissing Church has a rare example of an angel roof.

Gissing Church has a rare example of an angel roof. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

Fiona Turton, chairman of the church friends group, said: 'Once the repairs are completed, St Mary's can be used for a wide range of concerts and exhibitions, providing an inviting venue for a range of community events.

'The church has a fascinating heritage and many stories to tell, and we look forward to being able to explain and promote it so much more effectively.'

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Information from the research can be used in new information leaflets and guides.

Lay chairman of the PCC George Hammond added: 'We are absolutely delighted - we as a community have put a lot of work into this and it's good to see that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given the project its support.'

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