St Leonard’s Church in Flamstead embodies 900 years of social, religious and architectural heritage. It is a unique structure which has evolved over the centuries as a result of extensions, renovations, additions and repairs, some of which went well and some of which caused problems. Landowners, vicars, churchwardens, architects, artists, and craftspeople in wood, stone, metal and glass have all left their marks on the church. Those people have handed the heritage on to us to care for and the Flamstead Heritage project was born out of a desire to protect and preserve this heritage building for future generations.
Thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and to the fundraising efforts of people and organisations in and around the local area, we have succeeded in securing the major funding needed to repair the church and make it weatherproof. Its future will then be secured and damp will no longer degrade the medieval timbers and wall paintings.
Our commitment as part of our proposal was to engage many more local people with the fascinating heritage of the building and the lives and journeys of the people connected with it over the centuries.
Our vision is to open doors to the past. Part of this volunteer work is to collect and document historic images of the village and village life, and make them available for the wider public in this archive. If these pages prompt your own memories, or you have other photographs, please get in touch.
Similarly, if you would like to volunteer to be part of making this vision a reality, please contact us to see how you can help. Or, if you are able to support this vision financially as an individual or an organisation, please consider donating.