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Time capsule unearthed as 600-year-old church undergoes £230,000 restoration

PUBLISHED: 17:07 29 October 2017 | UPDATED: 08:21 30 October 2017

The time capsule discovered at All Saints Church. Picture: Wighton Church Restoration Project

The time capsule discovered at All Saints Church. Picture: Wighton Church Restoration Project

Wighton Church Restoration Project

A hidden time capsule has been just one of the discoveries made at one of Norfolk’s oldest churches as it undergoes restoration.

Wighton's All Saints Church celebrates 600th anniversary, Picture: Wighton Church Restoration ProjectWighton's All Saints Church celebrates 600th anniversary, Picture: Wighton Church Restoration Project

The residents of Wighton will be celebrating the 600th birthday of the building of the nave at All Saint’s Church this year, and have marked the event with a four-year restoration project.

So far the project has seen a pre-1917 nave roof-line discovered in the church’s west wall, as well as a small glass time capsule hidden in the roof by two builders in 1973.

Restoration has also included preserving the south aisle, porch, nave roof and electrics of the listed North Norfolk church.

The initiative has been funded by the Norfolk Churches Trust, the Weston Garfield Foundation, and generous individuals.

A huge boost was also given to the project after a grant was announced in June this year, which saw £231,000 awarded to the church by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Sophie Trend, grants coordinator for Wighton’s parochial church council (PCC), said: “With generous support from funding bodies, particularly National Lottery players, our PCC has done its bit in helping ensure that our wonderful church has will serve our community for the next 600 years and more.”

A celebration to mark the building of the church’s nave in 1417 will be held on November 1, where residents and visitors are invited to join for a slice of cake.

The village event will take place at 11am.

Brendan Hopkins, PCC reparation committee chairman, said: “All Saints Day 2017 is a fitting moment to celebrate our own achievements as well as the spectacular achievement of villagers 600 years ago. In addition, the time capsule serves to commemorate the long traditional of skilled craftsmen who have played their part in carefully maintaining our church over many centuries.”

Robyn Llewellyn, Head of HLF East of England, said: “We have been delighted to continue to support All Saints in Wighton in carrying out urgent repairs and involving community members of all ages in learning about this much-loved local landmark in its 600th anniversary year.”

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