Lead has been ripped off Blickling Parish Church, nextdoor to The National Trust’s Blickling Hall. Sometime on Wednesday, October 19, thieves removed lead from the south aisle roof causing thousands of pounds’ worth of damage to this architectural delight of a church.
To add insult to injury, the damage allowed rain water to flood in, damaging pews, the floor and other items including the medieval brass of Sir Nicholas Dagworth, the founder of the original Blickling Hall.
Revd Canon Andrew Beane said: “It’s a devastating blow, and the damage lead theft causes not only destroys the heritage of some of our county’s most beautiful buildings and tourist assets, but more importantly also affects those who care, love and worship in our churches.
“The damaged has exposed the inside of the church to the elements and even more damaged could be caused until repairs can be made. It’s been made even more frustrating and demoralising, as the congregation have only just celebrated, at a special Harvest Service with the Bishop of Lynn, the repairs to the another part of the roof which cost over £100,000 which was raised by donations and grants.
“We are extremely grateful to NF Coverdales local builders from Cawston who have put a temporary roof cover in place.
PC Greig Shepherd is leading the investigation and if anyone saw anything suspicious please contact the Police on 101.”
If you would like to help Blickling Church then donations towards the repairs can be made at http://tinyurl.com/BlicklingRoof