Coldingham Priory gets £10,000

COLDINGHAM Priory is to receive £10,000 from the National Churches Trust to help with planned improvements.

The money is part of the National Churches Trust’s £1.1m capital grant scheme to fund new extensions and facilities, including toilets and kitchens, and improving access and energy efficiency in churches across the UK. The trust is administering £319,000 of the £1.1m on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, for listed places of worship not in the Church of England’s care. The Church of England has received £781,000.

Coldingham Priory, a Grade A-listed ancient monument, will benefit from enhanced access, new facilities and improved flexibility of the interior space. The plan involves providing a wheelchair lift and emergency exit, new disabled toilet, a kitchenette and meeting room and a switch from fixed pews to flexible seating.

The Priory in Coldingham has been a place of Christian worship for over 900 years. Founded in 1098, it became the northernmost house of the monks of St Cuthbert, centred on Durham and when it was appropriated in the 15th century by the Kings of Scotland it went into decline.

The present Coldingham church includes remnants of a 13th century building.