Churchyard repairs finally agreed for Northamptonshire village

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A closed churchyard in a Northamptonshire village will finally be repaired after councillors approved that the ‘significant’ changes could take place.

The Church of St Peter & St Paul, in Weedon Bec, is a grade II listed building. The west tower dates back to the 12th century but the body of the church is believed to have been rebuilt in the 1820s.

The church, which stands on Church Street, is neighboured by the West Coast Mainline railway to the west and the Grand Union Canal to the east.

In 2016 Weedon Bec Parish Council arranged for ivy and vegetation growth to be cleared from the boundary walls. After being cleaned up, the exposure of the walls allowed for a full inspection of its condition.

The inspection revealed a number of defects which required work and sections of the path that required ‘significant levels of repair’.

The repair works will see partially collapsed parts of the boundary walls reconstructed and repainted.

One neighbour said they were ‘pleased to finally see the work being done’.

The repairs required planning permission due to the listed building status of the church, and councillors on Daventry District Council’s planning committee duly approved the changes last Wednesday evening (October 10).

The authority itself is responsible for the maintenance and repair of the churchyard.