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Why St Hybald's Church Needs Help

Being a resident of the Village of Hibaldstow, you cannot help but notice the appearance of scaffolding around the St Hybald’s Church tower recently. The Church is a lovely landmark within the village and rightly so, people are concerned about what is happening to the tower and how long it is likely to take.

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After a lot of queries on Facebook, the church has released the following information:

“There has been some interest in the church around the village following the appearance of scaffolding around the tower in the last week. The members of the church thought it might be useful to give some history of the building and the background to the work being carried out at the moment.

There has been a church in Hibaldstow since at least the 13th Century.

However by the mid 1800’s the previous church was in poor condition and falling down.

The East end, around the altar, was rebuilt in 1866. Plans were then put in place to shore up the tower and retain that whilst the central body of the church was rebuilt. Unfortunately, this plan didn’t succeed and the tower collapsed in 1875 during the work.

The rebuilding of the main part of the church was completed, but there wasn’t the money to rebuild the tower at this time. The bells were hung in a wooden shed at the west end of the church!

It took nearly 100 years for the funds to become available to rebuild the tower. The current tower was built in 1958.

Today’s issues really date back to the towers construction in the 1950’s. When the tower was built, there were no tie bars used to tie the internal wall to the external wall. As a result, over the years the blocks have moved gradually and parts of the tower are becoming a safety concern.

Whilst not obvious from a distance, if you look closely many cracks can be seen between the blocks, especially on the south and west sides. That is what the current work is trying to correct.

The scaffolding went up last week. The main contractors arrived this morning to commence work. The work will probably take until well into the autumn to complete.

The good news is that the tower will be returned to its former glory. The bad news is that the work is costing over £27,000.

St. Hybald’s Church is responsible for its own upkeep, we do not get any funding from the Government or the Church of England or any other organisation. Every broken tile, blocked gutter, faulty radiator, insurance and public utilities, has to be paid for by St. Hybald’s Church itself.

The church is a Grade II listed building so we have a responsibility to maintain it in good order and maintenance of historic buildings doesn’t come cheap. We are seeking grants to help cover some of the repair costs, but they are unlikely to cover the entire cost.”

What can you do to help?

I have photographed the church in the past and prints have been available for sale on this website for over a year now without me knowing about the funding issue above.

I love the village and pass the Church on a twice daily basis. This local landmark gives so many a lot of pleasure. 

Even if you are not a Church goer there are many of us who appreciate the beauty of St Hybalds and would like to preserve the building for future generations. This is why I’ve made the decision to donate profits from the sale of all my Hibaldstow prints and products to St Hybald’s with a view to helping funding their building works.

Prints can be purchased directly from this website at the links below:

Details On print configurations can be found below:

Each print is printed on high quality fine art paper guaranteed to keep your print looking sharp and vibrant for years to come.  I only work with one print lab who I have used for many years and can rely on the quality of their work.

Canvas prints are hand made by the same lab as my prints using quality materials such as oak stretchers and 100% natural art canvas. They are also coated to provide UV protection, ensuring longevity of your fine art purchase.  Also printed industry leading inks to really make your photograph a focal point in any room.

All frames are bespoke made to order and come with a single mount and plexiglass gallery standard anti-reflective glass. The sizes of the framed prints are noted below.

A4: 21×29.7cm

A3: 51×38.7cm

A2: 68.4x51cm

Canvas print size conversion:

12″x16″  =  30x40cm

16″x24″   = 40x60cm

24″x32″   = 60x80cm

30″x40″   = 75x100cm

Please note some photographs have a non-standard aspect ratio and therefore require trimming prior to sending to you.  These photographs will still have a standard ‘A’ size longest edge, but if you’re not sure please let me know.  Canvas will also be printed to accommodate any cropping/aspect ratio changes.

Production lead times:

Print only Purchases: 5-7 days

Framed Print Purchases: 7-10 days

Canvas Print Purchases: 7-10 days

Bespoke printing & framing is available on request.

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