Royal approval for restoration work
A MEMBER of the royal family cast his expert eye over the restoration work now in progress on Hertfordshire s largest parish church. The Duke of Gloucester, a trained architect and 18th in line to the throne, visited St Mary s Church in Hitchin last Thurs
A MEMBER of the royal family cast his expert eye over the restoration work now in progress on Hertfordshire's largest parish church.
The Duke of Gloucester, a trained architect and 18th in line to the throne, visited St Mary's Church in Hitchin last Thursday and took part in a special Thanksgiving service.
He was joined by a congregation of more than 400 people to celebrate the end of the town's £300,000 appeal for urgent repairs to the thousand-year-old 'Heart of Hitchin'.
Following the service the duke saw an exhibition of photographs showing how work had already started on repairing weather-damaged medieval stonework on the roof and around the windows.
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The duke, alongside Reverend Michael Roden, Paul Brenham, the chairman of St Mary's Preservation Trust, and Christopher Mann, the trust secretary, went on to join a reception where the he chatted to fundraisers.
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