WINTERTON: Russell is first to top of tower!
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A visitor from Rickmansworth, Russell Larrett (pictured) became the first person to climb up the restored tower to the top of Winterton Parish Church.
It was the first time access had been allowed following extensive repair and renovation work at Holy Trinity and All Saints, made possible by a £177,000 grant from English Heritage/Heritage Lottery Fund.
The church, parts of which date back to the 13th century, was added to English Heritage’s “At Risk” register last year. The worn stonework of its 132ft tall tower, built in the 15th century, was in need of extensive repointing, rebuilding in places and, in some parts, completely replacing.
Further down the line, stone steps inside the tower will be restored, the belfry louvers - the wooden slats in the windows - will be replaced and the entire bell frame, which is corroding in the coastal air, will need to be repaired.
The tower was open for small groups to climb the 147 stairs to the top on Saturday. Those unable to climb were able to see the view from the tower via a webcam.
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