The “Walking through the centuries with a Legless Knight” project for St Helen’s Church, Escrick (between Selby and York) is to receive a £471,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), thanks to National Lottery players.
With funding now secure, the project will carry out essential conservation work and create a heritage hub bringing to life the interwoven 800 year story of Escrick estate, village and church.
When refurbishing and re-ordering works are completed, the project’s Heritage Activity Plan will invite and encourage wider community involvement with opportunities for people to get involved, sharing and investigating stories, designing village trails and learning and developing new skills. The hub will also be a valuable resource for individuals, local schools and interest groups.
St Helen’s is a focal point for the local community. It was built 160 years ago – the anniversary of the consecration was celebrated in July 2017 – and cost £26,000 funded entirely by the Lawley family who were the Estate owners, and were the forebears of the Forbes Adam family who own the estate today. Charlie Forbes Adam, the present head of the estate is the project’s enthusiastic Champion. St Helen’s houses a unique array of high quality monuments commemorating ten generations of the land-owning family, many commissioned from renowned European artists, including Giovanni Tognoli, Bertel Thorvaldsen and Count Gleichen, together with Eric Gill and Fishers of York.