PART of a church that has not been seen for more than 500 years has been unearthed as a £200,000 restoration has finally got underway in Felkirk.
The timbers which were installed into St Peter’s Church around 1450 have now seen day light again as old slates have been stripped ready for a brand new roof to be installed.
This week joiners are expected to start preparing the new timbers for the church, which has stood in the village for 900 years.
Church member John Dean, who voluntarily looks after the building and grounds on Church Road, said he was delighted work was underway.
He said: “Following the period of detailed preparation done by the architects, the fund raising and obtaining the tender prices, it is great to be up and running and to see something happening.
“I am interested in history so when I see the skeleton of the roof which was put in place by craftsmen around 550 years ago it truly was a wonderful privilege.”
Funding for the new roof has come after two years of hard work by the community in and around the village. The Sun Inn pub, on Main Street, South Hiendley, raised a staggering £1,500 towards the repairs.
Mr Dean said: “A big thank you must be said for the local community who have supported us by individual and group donations.
“It demonstrates that they have a love for their church and when the turn came of our generation to step forward and restore it, we were up to the job.”
Cash has also been received from the Waste Recycling Environmental Heritage Fund, which helps to protect Grade I and II listed buildings and structures of historical importance across the UK.
Work is expected to be completed by the New Year.