PHOTOS sent in by Chris Barnett last year, show some of the fantastic views available from the roof of St Augustine’s Church in the centre of Hedon.
The full panorama views, which are just impossible to record on camera and really need to be experienced first hand, overlook the rolling landscapes from the East Yorkshire coast to Lincolnshire in the South.
Unfortunately, access to the roof in the church is currently unsafe and has been for some time, so church fundraisers are campaigning to have everything in place to ensure that a safe staircase can be restored so that local residents and visitors can once again enjoy these top-of-the-tower scenes.
“I climbed the tower up to the belfry on Yorkshire Day 2009. The climb is an experience in itself! It is reached via an extremely narrow spiral staircase – there is only enough room to walk single file up or down. Helpers at the church event I was attending had to make sure that either people were climbing up, or climbing down, but not both!
“There are two possible stops on the 5-minute journey up the tower: The bell-ringers room where the campanologists conduct their art; and the room which seems to guide the bell ropes to the belfry itself.
“The belfry itself contains the actual bells which were installed in the 1600′s.” – Hedon Blogger Ray Duffill
In order to restore the full journey to the roof, St Augustine’s Church needs the ongoing support of the resident and visiting public. You can donate towards the project in the Church itself where a display and collection is being held. There are also lots of other postcards and souvenirs to purchase.
Church Warden Phil Danby expressed his hope on the Hedon Blog that the new staircase would be ready to be opened to the public by Easter 2014.