Bolitho Memorial Window

A few weeks ago I said I'd had some brilliant news that I couldn't share. It's been hard, but now I can. I hope you'll all share this with your contacts and friends and neighbours, and VOTE FOR REUBEN (Why? Read on.....)

We were contacted in the summer by the War Memorials Trust, the body which gave us a very generous grant to enable the East window to be restored. They thought we might be interested in applying to Historic England in connection with the Angel Awards. (Who? What? I hear you say.......).

Historic England is ‘the public body that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England’s spectacular historic environment‘.        The Historic England Angel Awards were founded in 2011 by Andrew Lloyd Webber and are co-funded by his Foundation. They celebrate the efforts of people taking action to champion their local heritage.

There are five Angel Awards categories, one of which recognises ‘a craftsperson who has demonstrated skills which have been key in repairing or rescuing a historic site’.  A panel of sponsors and experts select the five category winners, and the results will be announced at a ceremony in London on 27th November. Chaired by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the 2018 judging panel comprises historian Bettany Hughes, TV’s Restoration Man George Clarke, the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Baroness Lola Young and Historic England’s Chief Executive Duncan Wilson.

There is also a ‘People’s Choice’ award every year, the result of an on-line vote between the top three nominations in each category. Films are put together about each of the final fifteen, and when all the publicity is in place the vote ‘goes live‘.

On behalf of Paul Church, I nominated Reuben Marsh as a brilliant stone carver and hugely skilled craftsman who recently re-created the stonework of the East window. In late July we learned that Reuben is one of the top three in the craftsperson category. A film maker and interviewer came to Paul at the beginning of August to record a short film about him and about the window project, but lips have had to be sealed until we got the go ahead.

The public announcement was made yesterday. So please, go to, have a look at the film......... then VOTE FOR REUBEN! Spread the word, forward this to all your contacts, and help him win! Voting ends on 18th November, but don't delay, vote today.......

Click HERE to go to Reuben's page on the Angel Awards website

Come to the church and have a close look at the window, inside and out. Even if you didn’t see the old crumbly polyphant stone, you can appreciate Reuben’s superb craftsmanship in hand carving each piece of the complex stone design to perfectly receive the cleaned and re-leaded glass. His planning and execution, attention to detail, and sheer expertise, together with extreme modesty and commitment to collaborating with others on a project of which he felt privileged to be part - all makes him in my view a more than worthy finalist - and winner.

All the best,
Mary Wooding

Thanks to the grant made available to St Pol de Leon Church from the Heritage Lottery Fund, repair work is finally underway on this important window.

A group from Paul visit the workshop of Dan Humphries Stained Glass to view the restoration of the window.

Below is a short video from a visit to Reuben Marsh who is carving the new stone work for the window. We will be returning to record the more intricate work of carving the tracery.

Reuben Marsh 1 from Chris Osborne on Vimeo.

















Some of the old stonework has now been removed, cracks running through the middle of the stone are now visible.

The stained glass expert Michael Swift has kindly allowed us to use his full and
detailed report on the window.

It can be accessed by clicking Michael Swift Report.


This page will be constantly updated as new pictures and information become available.