National Lottery supports our heritage project

Thanks to National Lottery players and the
generosity and support of local people,
funds, trusts and organisations, we have been able
to save St Leonard’s Church and share its heritage.

We are now engaged in a fascinating programme of
community activities and multi-media publishing.

St Leonard’s was threatened with closure

Rot and death watch beetle had attacked the oak roof timbers,
with a serious risk of collapse.

Time, weather and unsuitable repairs had badly damaged the stonework.

The nave roof has been repaired

and other essential works carried out.
The building is now leak and damp proof.

The wall paintings, dating from the 13th century, are slowly drying out.
A new hi-tech boiler will maintain a steady temperature and humidity to conserve them.

Heritage is now being shared

We are running an exciting programme of activities, events, and displays,
with something for everyone.

St Leonard’s is a rewarding place to visit

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TAKE PART in a wide range of community heritage ACTIVITIES: something for everyone
talks, drama, family activities, competitions, …
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LEARN about our local heritage – with newly created, informative digital RESOURCES
booklets, articles, stories, learning materials, videos
RESEARCH newly (re-) discovered, curated & digitised local ARCHIVE materials
historic records, photos, books, documents, …
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VISIT St Leonard’s to see its TREASURES, with important mediaeval graffiti & wall paintings
displays, exploration trails, children’s activities
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Flamstead Heritage: the story so far
News: what’s going on
the Team: about us
Volunteering: getting involved
this Website
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Contact Us: get in touch
Visitors’ Book: send us feedback of your visit
Downloads: PDFs of our printed materials
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Flamstead Heritage – the story so far

1. St Leonard’s has been at the centre of the Flamstead community for 900 years. It was built in stages during the mediaeval period, not always with best practice. As a “poor agricultural parish” in the modern period, there were never enough funds to maintain it.

2. In 2017, our ancient, Grade 1 listed church was threatened with closure. Its heritage, with important mediaeval graffiti and wall paintings, and its roles, both religious and community, were threatened.

3. Death watch beetle and the ravages of time had destroyed the nave roof, with other repairs urgently needed.

4. By 2020 the Flamstead Heritage Project had been created, over £1m raised from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, through other grants, and from local matched funding. Major restoration building works were able to start.

5. Building work continued during the pandemic, but delivery of the associated heritage programme had to be suspended. By the end of 2021

  • the nave roof had been restored,
  • the south side clerestory windows repaired in stone, and other works completed,
  • the wall paintings protected from water damage, and the church saved.

6. In 2022 we are now engaged in delivering an exciting programme of heritage activities, publishing informative materials including newly (re-) discovered archives, and providing explanatory displays within the church, making our heritage accessible to all.

7. Together with other projects that brought the church facilities from the 19th century to the 21st, St Leonard’s has been transformed. Alongside its traditional role, it is now an engaging place to visit and a popular venue for community events. An ongoing maintenance plan means it will be preserved for future generations.

8. St Leonard’s has been rescued, its heritage is being rediscovered, but there is still more to do. This website has the full story.

Upcoming Events

Mar
2
Sat
2:00 pm Alan Dein on Candy, Andy and the... @ St Leonard's Church
Alan Dein on Candy, Andy and the... @ St Leonard's Church
Mar 2 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Alan Dein on Candy, Andy and the Bearandas @ St Leonard's Church
Author talk: Alan Dein on Candy, Andy and the Bearandas Saturday, 2nd March, 2-3pm Historian and broadcaster Alan Dein will give a fascinating illustrated talk about Candy, Andy and the Bearandas – the little known,[...]
Mar
12
Tue
7:30 pm Expert Lecture: Dr Miriam Gill; ... @ St Leonard's Church
Expert Lecture: Dr Miriam Gill; ... @ St Leonard's Church
Mar 12 @ 7:30 pm
Wall Paintings in St Leonard’s Church, Flamstead, and their Wider Context Dr Miriam Gill, Vaughan College, Leicester. Dr Gill is an expert on medieval wall-painting, and has published on the image of the Three Living[...]
Mar
20
Wed
7:00 pm Graffiti-inspired Creative Workshop @ St Leonard's Church
Graffiti-inspired Creative Workshop @ St Leonard's Church
Mar 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Learn about historic graffiti on the walls and pillars at St Leonard’s and gain inspiration for your own creations. Download the poster for more information.
Jun
6
Thu
all-day Flamstead Arts Festival 2024 @ St Leonard’s Church, Flamstead
Flamstead Arts Festival 2024 @ St Leonard’s Church, Flamstead
Jun 6 – Jun 9 all-day
The inaugural Flamstead Arts Festival is now launched. Download the poster for initial details. The full programme will be announced in March and ticket sales will start in April. For now, save the dates!
7:30 pm Expert Lecture: James Mellish et... @ St Leonard's Church
Expert Lecture: James Mellish et... @ St Leonard's Church
Jun 6 @ 7:30 pm
Raising the Roof; the ancient crafts behind the Restoration James Mellish and others, The Flamstead Heritage Project. A retrospective as part of the Arts & Heritage Festival. All lectures start at 19.30 in St Leonard’s[...]

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