Pocklington Church in £40,000 porch appeal

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AN appeal is to be raised to raise the £40,000 needed to restore a unique church porch described as one of the ‘most remarkable pieces of Victorian church design in the East Riding’.

The porch tiles of the Grade 1 listed All Saints Church in Pocklington were designed by Augustin Putin, one of the pioneers of ‘Gothic Revival’ architecture.

The porch tiling is described as an “outstanding example of Victorian craftsmanship”. But it has shattered – particularly on the front edge of the porch – and it is expected to cost over £40,000 to repair.

A church spokesman said: ‘Pocklington Porch is listed by Pevsner as one of the outstanding pieces of Victorian church design in the East Riding.

“All Saints is a Grade 1 listed building so a basic repair is not an option and we must restore it to the highest standards. The end result will return it to the colorful state it was created in 1885.”

The fundraiser, titled “Hundreds of Tiles, Thousands of Feet,” will officially launch with an event at the church at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 2.

The event will include a lecture by local historian Phil Gilbank on the church’s ties to Pugin and fellow Victorian icon, pottery magnate Herbert Minton.

The evening will also include a live music recital and a technical briefing on the restoration of the porch tiles. Tickets, priced at £10, including wine and canapes, are available from the church office on 01759 306045 or [email protected]

Pictured: Churchwardens Nigel Laws and Tina Morley and Vicar Reverend Jake Belder (centre) show some of the broken panes of the All Saints porch door.

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