Lottery grant helps uncover Wragby’s past

Gill Smith, Heritage Group Treasurer, Victor Nash, Heritage Chairman, Dr Dave Stocker,Heritage Lottery Fund Representive, Nick Guyatt, East Lindsey District Councillor,Julie Thacker, Chairperson Wragby Parish Council,the  Rev.Mark Holden, Vicar of Wragby, Carole Watts and Eileen Barry Heritage members. EMN-150408-120520001
Gill Smith, Heritage Group Treasurer, Victor Nash, Heritage Chairman, Dr Dave Stocker,Heritage Lottery Fund Representive, Nick Guyatt, East Lindsey District Councillor,Julie Thacker, Chairperson Wragby Parish Council,the Rev.Mark Holden, Vicar of Wragby, Carole Watts and Eileen Barry Heritage members. EMN-150408-120520001

A neglected wasteland in Wragby has been restored to a peaceful haven - a place of tranquillity to remember those who have gone before.

Wragby’s old churchyard had been neglected for a number of years and was 
extremely overgrown with long grass, trees and wild vegetation.

It has now been cleared, with the outer walls of the old church marked by a gravel trench, and some of the old grave stones restored.

The project by Wragby Heritage Group has taken more than three years to 
complete and was funded by a Heritage Lottery Grant of £22,600.

“Many people did not even know that there was a gravesite there - a bit like Sleeping Beauty’s castle,” said a heritage group spokesman.

“Once the site was cleared, we began the work of tidying the site, surveying it in order to determine where the old church had stood, and trying to trace the history of the 
site - very few records could be found.”

But there was sufficient information to put up interpretation boards, designed with the help of the primary school pupils.

“While the Parish Council has agreed to maintain the site, there will still be work for volunteers, and it is to be hoped residents will put in a couple of hours once in a while to keep the site neat and tidy,” added the spokesman.

There is still work to be done as well on mapping out the graves and making a record of those interred therein.

Another future plan for the heritage group is to renew the railings around one of the tombs.