Funding Boost for Ballintoy Parish Church

Funding Boost for Ballintoy Parish Church

The iconic Ballintoy Parish Church on the Causeway Coast is one of NUMBER churches to benefit from £200,000 of funding thanks to a grant awarded to the National Churches Trust from the Historic Environment Division at the Department for Communities.

Using the funding the National Churches Trust has awarded Ballintoy Parish Church a £40,000 grant to help fund urgent repair work to stop water penetration. In addition, it receives an additional £5,000 grant, allocated by the National Churches Trust on behalf of the Wolfson Foundation.

The money will go to boosting the National Churches Trust’s grants for urgent repairs and support churches, addressing the impact of climate change on their historic buildings.

Broadcaster and journalist Huw Edwards, Vice President of The National Churches Trust, said:

“I’m delighted that Ballintoy Church, a church that is quite magnificent, is being helped with a £40,000 National Churches Trust grant and an additional £5,000 grant from the Wolfson Foundation.”

“The two Grants will help fund urgent repairs, safeguarding unique local heritage and help Ballintoy Church continue to support its local community.”

The Church

Photographed more than any other church in the province, it is located along the world-famous Causeway Coastal Route, used in the renowned Game of Thrones TV series. Set at the edge of Ballintoy Harbour it has local, national and historic significance.

This B+ listed Church is a landmark along the world-famous Causeway Coast. There is no precise date of construction, but it is thought a place of worship was built on the site sometime during the first quarter of the seventeenth century. It is very likely that it functioned as a chapel of ease to nearby Ballintoy Castle in the townland of Ballintoy Demesne.

The church as it now stands is a replacement completed in 1813, under the auspices of Revd Robert Trail to a plan drawn by Henry Wynne. In design, it is two bays in length, with a single north transept, the tower being retained from an earlier building. Over the years improvements and embellishments were added.

A very extensive renovation was undertaken in 1883 under the direction of Revd John McNeice.

Further repairs were needed to the roof following considerable damage caused by a hurricane of December 1894. It is probable that the steeple, which was also damaged in this storm, was not replaced on the church tower at this time.

About the National Churches Trust

Nigel Mills, Interim Head of Church Support said: “The National Churches Trust supports churches and chapels of all denominations that are open for regular worship. To date we have supported sixty-four places of worship in Northern Ireland with funding of £669,309 for urgent repairs, the provision of toilets, kitchens and other community facilities and essential maintenance.”

“The £200,000 grant from Historic Environment at the Department for Communities will go to boosting our grants for urgent repairs and support churches addressing the impact of climate change on their historic buildings. In total nine projects will be funded led by conservation accredited professionals, with work ranging from replacement of water goods to providing new external rendering.”

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