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Campaign Launched To Save Tower At 12th-Century Vale Church


A fundraising campaign has been launched to secure the future of the tower at a 12th-century church in Dinas Powys after a recent examination revealed a number of serious issues with the building.

St Andrew’s Church, Dinas Powys, is a historic church building in Wales with origins as far back as the 12th century. The site where the church building stands was first built on at this time, with various expansions taking place in the centuries since, including the addition of a tower in the 15th century.

A recent architect’s inspection of the church tower revealed a number of serious issues, which are expected to cost up to £20,000 to repair.

Due to the extensive cost of repairs, a fundraising appeal has been launched on social media in order to secure the funds necessary to complete the work on the medieval tower.

In a post on the Facebook page, “St Andrew’s Tower Appeal” the group behind the fundraiser gave a detailed description of the tower and some of the history behind it:

“The tower is a C15, 4 storeyed, low level buttressed structure that’s connected to the nave but not the north aisle (the north aisle is the original C12 nave). It’s thought that a well exists under the tower, possibly fed by an underground stream that flows beneath the north aisle. The pump for the well was situated outside the west entrance – there’s a stone slab marking the spot where the pump once was in the grass by the parking area.

“It’s really common in Wales for churches to be built alongside water sources. These were often the sites of pre-existing pagan worship and already a focal point for communities. Water was important domestically and also for baptisms. As buildings expanded to accommodate increasing numbers of worshippers, they were sometimes built over the original water source which could have happened at St Andrew’s.”

The group are hoping to raise the money necessary to make the tower “safe for another 500 years”. You can find out more about the St Andrew’s Tower Appeal on the the fundraising page, here, where the group will be sharing more of the history of the church and charting their progress.

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