Fundraising appeal launched for West Stockwith Parish Church roof repairs

West Stockwith Parish Church has launched a major funding appeal for repairs to the roof that will stop the ceiling cracking.

Churchwarden Stephanie Baines (left) with helpers at the Misterton car boot sale

Enough money has already been raised at a recent concert and art exhibition to pay for the survey.

However, now up to £25,000 is needed to do the roof repairs of the unique, Georgian church.

Recent fundraisers have been at car boot sales in Misterton and Torksey which together they have raised £305 and there are books for sale or to borrow at Kim’s fruit and veg stall.

Hazel Brand said: “Many thanks to all those in the village that donated good for these sales."

If you would like to run a fundraising event church warden, Stephanie Baines, on 07500 043 842.

The Grade II* listed parish church dates from 1722 and was built by local shipyard owner, William Huntington.

In 1714, William Huntington bequeathed £740 for the erection of a chapel and ten almshouses in his shipyard. The almshouses were intended to be for the widows of mariners and ship carpenters.

The church cost less than £300 to build and the main feature inside is a life-size marble monument of William Huntington by artist E Poynton.

But the earliest record of a church in the village is 1334 when the archbishop granted a faculty to the inhabitants of West Stockwith to have services in their new chapel.

It is known that this chapel was still standing in 1559 and, by 1677, it was a simple chapel-of-ease for the villagers of West Stockwith in the parish of Misterton.

There is no trace today of the medieval chapel.