St Leonard's Linley saved by The Churches Conservation Trust
The magical church of St Leonard’s in the hamlet of Linley, Shropshire has had its future secured by The Churches Conservation Trust and is being officially vested today the 15th July. We are delighted that this Grade I listed example of a near complete 12th century church is to be added to the Trust’s collection.
The church lies along a densely wood track that gives the feeling of stepping back into our ancient rural past. The place name Linley means lime-wood and the location of the church gives the illusion of being in the heart of woodland. The spiritual connection with man and woodland is celebrated on the church in the form of a green man with stylised branches extending from his limbs over the now in-filled north doorway.
Typical Norman decoration of chevrons is carved over the South entrance to the church. Pushing the ancient studded door on its strap hinges reveals an atmospheric interior that has seen 19th century restoration including a tiled floor, pews and a new east window. However, the 19th and 12th century sit comfortably together in this enchanting building. One of the highlights of the interior is the fabulous Norman font with its enigmatic carved green man masks again echoing its medieval woodland location.
Unfortunately, saving extraordinary buildings that speak of experiences of our medieval past is not without cost and in excess of £208, 000 will be required. The Churches Conservation Trust will be launching an appeal to raise much need funds towards repairing and conserving these treasures. The church will not be open until May 2014 to visitors as urgent conservation repairs will need to take place. Once open though the Churches Conservation Trust will be appealing to the local surrounding community to support us in our efforts.