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Pockley Church is Warm Again


9:37am 8th April 2013

Pockley Church is celebrating the completion of a project which reinstated the church's Victorian hypocaust heating system, with an open afternoon today from 2pm to 4pm. The work was funded through the Small Scale Enhancements Scheme which is jointly funded by LEADER and the North York Moors National Park Authority.


While many Churches have a hot air system, what is unique to Pockley is that the solid fuel boiler is fed by an underground railway track through a tunnel leading to the outside of the Church.


The bell tower of the Church is also the chimney which over the years had become completely blocked by debris from jackdaws. In order to operate a modern multi-fuel stove the original flue and air vent system had to be adapted and, after several trial and error attempts, Pockley Church is now back to the 1870 system, where the Church is warm and the fabric aired.


The Priest in Charge of Pockley, the Rev. Andrew De Smet said: “Without the support of the National Park Authority through the Small Scale Enhancements Scheme we could have never accomplished this project, which has injected new life into the church and enables us to hold functions in addition to our church services; thankfully these are no longer held in the cold.”


He adds that because of the fantastic acoustics of the Church it is intended to hold musical evenings within the comfort of warmth from the restored heating system.


For further information contact: Church Warden John Ashworth Tel: 01439 770219, e-mail: farndale@aol.com


The £3,500 project is being funded by the North York Moors Small Scale Enhancements Scheme (which is jointly funded by the North York Moors, Coast and Hills LEADER Programme and the Authority) and has also received support and help from the local community. 


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