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Hoylandswaine Mural To Have £100,000 Restoration

Wednesday March 6 2013


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A PRE-RAPHAELITE mural that was discovered in a village church will undergo a £100,000 restoration.

The artwork - entitled the Ascendancy of Christ - is in St John the Evangelist Church in Hoylandswaine.

It was created by John Roddam Spencer Stanhope in the late 1860s but covered in white emulsion about a century later to save it from damp.

It remained hidden on its east wall for more than 50 years but a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund has ensured it will be restored.

Elizabeth Charlesworth, chairman of Hoylandswaine Arts Group, said: “This day has been long in coming. I've seen other Roddam murals and if ours, when uncovered, is only a fraction of the beauty of the ones others have discovered then it'll all have been worthwhile.”

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Reply Posted by paul on Wednesday March 6 2013 at 09:46
Makes you wonder what other hidden treasures are around our town.