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WIGAN PARISH CHURCH

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ABOVE: Pictured is one of the marble memorials before and after cleaning

Work has been completed on several projects around Wigan Parish Church thanks to the granting of 50,000 worth of Heritage Lottery cash. And parishioners and people of Wigan were be able to learn about the skills and processes used as craftspeople gave special talks along the way.

 

The grant let the church council carry out repairs and conservation of memorials in its Crawford Chapel, to the chancel reredos (an ornamental screen) and a 15th century wooden carved altarpiece which for decades used to be in the rector's private chapel at Wigan Hall. Now restored this carved and painted artifact, brought in by former rector Rev Orlando Bridgeman in the 1850s, has been installed in the main church for the first time.

Rector, Rev Ray Hutchinson, said: "This project will mean that these memorials, the beautiful carved reredos and the altarpiece, which are historical treasures, will be conserved and retained for future generations. "We are very pleased that the Heritage Lottery Fund and comparable funding from legacies and the parish has enabled this work to take place. Not only will we be able to conserve these important artefacts and improve an historic building, it will mean that part of the history of Wigan will be retained for the local community and enable people to not only see them but learn about the town's heritage."

 

 

The church will be open on Saturdays from May to September when there will be more information about the conservation.

 

Any groups or schools who want to arrange a visit can do so by contacting

email: info@wiganparishchurch.org

BEFORE

AFTER

The Brass Plaque which will be returned to its original place under the east window of the Crawford Chapel, is half way through its cleaning process.

The completed Crawford Chapel including a new Altar frontal

BEFORE

DURING CONSERVATION

The pictures show the back of the left hand altar panel featuring at the top, the Nativity and below the birth of John the Baptist.

The quality of the paintings can now be seen after the brown covering has been removed.

Work will continue on both the panels until May 2013.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

The Cenotaph

The conservation of the 15th century Altar panels

The Altar pieces being fitted into their new frame in the Walmesley Chapel

The Team Rector

The Rev Bill Matthews

The Rectory

6 Wrightington Street

Wigan

WN1 2BX

Tel. 01942 208559

 

e-mail: info@wiganparishchurch.org

 

Parish Office

Tel: 01942 231455

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