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Holy Trinity Church in Long Melford seeks planning permission for £500,000 project to restore deteriorating stained glass windows

Planning permission to double glaze eight, 500-year-old stained glass windows in Long Melford’s Holy Trinity Church is being sought.

Church officials are looking for approval to remove and clean the north-facing windows, fitting new frames inside the existing mullions.

Clear double glazing will then be fitted to protect the eight windows from pitting and corrosion on the outside of the church, caused by micro-organisms.

Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford. (15230821)
Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford. (15230821)

The plan was submitted to Babergh District Council last year in a bid to stop further deterioration of the windows, which have been described as unique, with nothing else to compare them with in the UK.

English Heritage is keen that the project goes ahead.

Parochial church council member David Hamand said the project will cost around £500,000 if it is approved.

“English Heritage can confirm that these windows are unique in the whole of Great Britain and, as such, should be preserved for future generations to enjoy,” he said.

“It is, therefore, extremely important that this glass is saved from further deterioration,” he added in a letter of support to the planning authority.

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