MAINTENANCE work on a church in the heart of Weymouth has uncovered a surprise.
In early October, restoration work began at Holy Trinity Parish Church, next to Weymouth Town Bridge, focusing on the windows of the building as part of a much needed renovation.
Canon Andrew Gough, vicar of the Holy Trinity, said WWII damage was discovered after workers began restoration of the large west window, which faces the town bridge.
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He said: “The work is going very well and all the scaffolding is in place while the work has started.
“After talking to some of the workers, damage was seen to the large west window, which we believe was caused during the war when the area was bombed.
“The church itself was used as a refuge for members of the public during this time. In fact, the crypt was used as an air raid shelter.”
The Grade II listed cathedral-like structure is known to host many civic ceremonies, gatherings, and dignitaries, and stands as a beacon of Christian faith by the harbor.
Since the start of the maintenance work, a sign has been placed on the original entrance – facing the town bridge – inviting the faithful to attend services through the side door, just next to the steps leading to Chapelhay.
Restoration work on the church, which was originally built of Portland stone between 1834 and 1836, is critical as the building has been affected by sea air over the years causing erosion, according to the Reverend Gough.
He said: “Very little has been done for the church in many years and as a building, which is not only a Christian place of worship but an iconic part of the history of Weymouth, the congregation of the The church found it necessary to engage in the restoration of several windows.
“To date we have been very grateful for a small grant from the Dorset Historic Churches Fund, the roof having been repaired in the past two years. ”
As part of the restoration, Reverend Gough said that once the maintenance work is completed, parts of the interior will also be reorganized to allow the space to further adapt to today’s needs. .
This will include upgrading toilets, kitchens and meeting rooms – with a long-term vision of converting the crypt into conference space, meeting rooms and providing facilities to meet these needs.
He said: “Access for people with disabilities is a firm priority as we engage with Dorset Council.
“We also have many events planned for music, the arts and for young people.
Anyone wishing to contribute to the restoration project can do so by contacting email@example.com or the parish office 01305 760354.