Speaker Meeting 16th April 2018

Fire at Wilne

The members of the Rotary Club of Church Wilne welcomed Margaret Gregory and Sandra Stock to the club on Monday 16th April when they spoke in depth about the fire at St Chad's Church Wilne.

Part of the current church building dates from the 13th century with the top of the porch and tower being from the 14th century.

Throughout their presentation, many pictures were shown including an early photograph which included the house next to the church along with a tractor taking children to school in the 1920s.

The fire at the Church was in March 1917 and at the time the then current Reverend was conducting a funeral service in the church grounds whilst the church went up in flames. The Shardlow fire service was contacted and they had to catch the horse before they could set off. Restoration was able to commence after the insurance and donations were received. The church is a Grade 1 listed building and was sensitively restored by Curry and Thompson and was completed in 1923.

Inside the church before the fire.

The minister's wife views the effects of the fire.

Margaret and Sandra continued by showing photographs of the stained glass windows that just about survived the fire, the Tower and its bells which were all made between 1605 and 1652.

Like many churches they have suffered from lead being stolen from its roof. Copper was used next and this was also stripped but recovered. The copper has subsequently been replaced by stainless steel and other roofing felts.

The club's vote of thanks was given by David Hewitt who said "It has been a super update on the history of St Chad's Church, Wilne. You and others are custodians of the church and thank you very much on behalf our members".

For more information on Rotary, our speaker evenings, events and the main activities organised by our club please contact our Secretary, Mick White at: rccw1220@gmail.com

Ray Terry
For the Rotary Club of Church Wilne

9th April 2018


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