The Stories of St. John's

Inside St. John’s Church, there were various documents recording the building’s history. The Stories of St. John's project was set up to record and conserve all those documents, as well as gathering more tales from the local community. These stories will then be turned into a commemorative book. 

Icon Stories of St. John's (132.3 KB)

The various plaques located inside the church were catalogued, and can be found below.

Icon St John's Plaques (3.2 MB)

There have been seven documents so far that have been chosen to be conserved. These were picked for various reasons, such as the condition in which they were found in, how old they are, and their importance to the town's history.

One of the documents found was a roll of honour list, which lists the names of 160 people who fought in the war. This document is unusual in that it features the names of both those who died and those who survived. The names also cover both army and navy. Initially this list was in too poor a state to be handled, as it was covered in mould. Extensive restoration work was therefore required. After this was completed, the document became safe to view up close. The current plan is to house it in Skipping’s Gallery.

Further work will involve some paper conservation work and training, research, recording, transcribing and documenting with volunteers. Anyone interested in getting involved in this project please contact Carol on carol.gypt@gmail.com or by phone 07887711102