St Laurence Church Restoration Project
St Laurence Church, Alvechurch is very fortunate to be decorated with some extremely fine stained glass windows. Several of these were designed and made by famous glass artists and contain some unique features. However, 160 years of summers and winters, heat and cold, wind and rain had taken their toll on the structure of these windows. Pieces of glass had fallen out and many of the windows were no longer weather-tight. The stonework surrounds of some windows have crumbled.
In 2018, thanks to the support of our congregation, our local community, friends of St Laurence both past and present and the Heritage Lottery Fund, the church was able to commission experts to embark on the necessary repair and conservation work. The work was finally finished some eight months later.
It’s great to know that the heritage of these windows has been conserved for future generations.
An explanatory leaflet describing each of the windows and highlighting their individual characteristics is available as a guided trail around the church.
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Vanessa Harbar, Head of HLF West Midlands, said “We have been delighted to support St Laurence Church, Alvechurch to carry out urgent repairs and engage new audiences with this much-loved local landmark. Thank you to the National Lottery players who have made it possible.”