Grant for project to shed light on history of Old Baptist Chapel

Old Baptist Chapel, Tewkesbury The the Abbey Lawn Trust was awarded £3,900

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A project to help find out more about a 15th Century Cotswold chapel has been given funding to progress its plans.

The Abbey Lawn Trust in Tewkesbury was given £3,900 by the Heritage Lottery Fund for its Old Baptist Chapel Interpretation Project.

The money will help the charity apply for a full grant for work on the Grade II listed building.

The project aims to maximise its heritage and learning potential.

It is not known how early the chapel was being used as a Baptist meeting house.

The trust hopes research will reveal it as the oldest meeting house still in existence in Britain.

Simon Lawton, museum curator for the Abbey Lawn Trust, said: ''We have...always known that the building has the potential to be developed further as a heritage site of interest to both residents of Tewkesbury and to visitors to the town.

"We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us its support and it's superb to know that we are a step closer to furthering our aim of ensuring that the OBC continues to be appreciated by future generations.''

Nerys Watts, head of Heritage Lottery Fund South West, said the grant "paves the way for an exciting project that aims to transform the building into a sustainable heritage resource".

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