Friends of St Nicholas Church

Since the mid 1980s the Friends have given important support for the church’s upkeep. They exist to help with the repair, maintenance, preservation and renovation of the building, its contents and the churchyard. Funds for this work are raised through subscriptions, concerts, talks and other events.

Funds raised by the Friends made a major contribution to the recent restoration of the monument to Sir Thomas Chaloner. They also paid for cleaning the baptistery, re-emblazoning its monuments and restoring the Queen Anne hatchment. The Friends have also provided funding for renewal of the sound system in the church and for new noticeboards. They are contributing to the Development Appeal, currently improving lighting in the church and for the restoration of the organ.

THE FRIENDS OF ST NICHOLAS CHURCH

The Friends of St Nicholas Church is a registered charity, no. 291262. Its registered address is: Chiswick Vicarage, The Mall, London W4 2PJ

PATRON

Sir Alan Munro

TRUSTEES

The Vicar and Churchwardens of St Nicholas Church

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

The Friends of St Nicholas Church is run by a Management Committee elected annually at the Annual General Meeting. The Friends meet at the AGM to hear how the funds they contribute are being used. They have free admission to events held by the Friends at St Nicholas Church, and are kept regularly informed about restoration work undertaken on the church, its furnishings and its churchyard.

BECOMING A FRIEND

St Nicholas Church needs its Friends to continue their support for this parish church. Will you help by becoming one of them?

Whether you live in Chiswick or further afield, whether you attend the church or value it for its architectural and historical interest, your membership of the Friends will help to preserve this beautiful and important building, its records and its surroundings.

Friends receive free admission to these events, and also receive regular newsletters. The latest newsletter is here.

If you’d like to join the Friends, please download and complete a membership application form. Please return your membership and annual donation forms to Christabel Ames-Lewis, Membership Secretary, The Friends of St Nicholas Church, 52 Prebend Gardens, London W6 0XU, to whom all membership correspondence should be addressed.

NEWS

The Church Street Inscription Tablet

The cleaning and restoration of the historically important inscription tablet immured in the Church Street wall at the east end of St Nicholas church is now all but completed. This project is funded jointly by the Friends of St Nicholas Church and the Old Chiswick Protection Society, helped by a generous grant of £2,000 from the Duke of Bedford. The work was carried out by a team from the well-known stone conservation firm of Taylor Pearce Ltd, led by Angus Lawrence who, some 15 years ago, worked on the restoration of the Chaloner Monument in the church. Judging by the style of the original letter-forms (such as ‘YE’, with the letter ‘E’ set within the bowl of the letter ‘Y’), the masons are sure that the inscription was indeed carved in 1623 – as it is dated – and not later, as has been suggested, when the line below the inscription was carved in 1884.

Much weathered, the inscription had become illegible in places. Where possible, the worn lettering has been re-cut, and painted in for increased legibility, using a grey paint to make clear which are the letters that have had to be renewed. In a few places evidence of the original lettering has completely disappeared. This is evident especially in the case of the ampersand that appeared in three places, but ironically has completely weathered away in all three. Here reconstructions, in part based on ampersands on early seventeenth-century inscriptions within the church, have been painted onto the damaged stone.

A number of holes had been drilled into the tablet: at one point the second ‘E’ of the word ‘THEREIN’ has been entirely lost. Elsewhere, at upper right of the inscription, a series of drill holes suggest that some sort of metal fence or barrier may once have been fixed to the tablet; but what the function of this may have been is not clear. It was decided that attempts to plug these holes and paint lettering over the in-fills would not be successful in the longer term, but the meaning of the inscription’s wording is clear from the context.

The inscription records ‘Ye right honorable and trulie pious’ Earl of Bedford’s ‘true zeale and care’ in funding the wall’s construction in 1623, ‘for ye keeping of this churchyard and ye wardrobe of Godd’s Saintes whose bodies lay therein buryed from violateing of swine and other profanation’.

SPONSORSHIP

Companies and organisations are invited to sponsor The Friends of St. Nicholas Church’s cultural events where your company can be featured in event programmes. This is a good way to promote your organisation and support a worthy cause. For further information please download this leaflet or contact mylene@fleet-tutors.co.uk