I am currently helping update the history brochure of Holy Trinity Church, Stourpaine in Dorset. The church was so dilapidated in the 1850’s that an architect T H Wyatt was engaged to redesign the church, keeping the 15th Century tower but basically rebuilding the rest of the church. I talked with the Church Warden and he came round with a wooden board that he had taken down from the Bell Tower. It was very dusty and in quite a bad state of repair so it has become my project to try to restore some life into what is an important record.
You can see that is it very dusty but also in a bad condition. Further investigation shows that the letters was initially printed onto paper which was varnished. The dirt and dust was cleaned off first and I then noticed that the boards were loose within the frame. The frame is held together with flat headed wood screws that are rusted in place so will need to be removed carefully, the board repositioned and frame restored.
Stage 1: Brush off the dust
Stage 2: With barely damp cloth wipe the wood areas carefully to remove surface dirt and then dry off carefully with a dry cloth.
This is certainly a board relating to the social history of the Church.
The Incoporated Society
for Building and Churches
GRANTED £??? A.D. 1856
TOWARDS REBUILDING THIS CHURCH UPON
CONDITION THAT 263 SEATS CONVENIENTLY
PLACED AND IN CONFORMITY WITH THE
PLANS APPROVED BY THIS SOCIETY, BE SET
APART FOR THE USE OF THE POORER
INHABITANTS FOR EVER, THESE SITTINGS
BEING SUBJECT TO ANNUAL ASSIGNMENT BY
THE CHURCHWARDENS TO SUCH OF THEM AS
ARE MOST REGULAR IN THEIR ATTENDANCE.