The bells of St. Martin in the Cornmarket, Worcester, will be ringing out across the city on 7 November, in celebration of an award of £46,750 to the Grade II* church from the National Heritage Lottery Fund.

St Martin in the Cornmarket churchyardThe award will help restore sight lines from the historic Cornmarket and create direct pedestrian access to the churchyard, which is set to become a garden for the community, conserve churchyard walls dating back to 1796, save a Victorian bothy in danger of collapse and create an interpretation scheme that will tell the story of St Martin’s significant place in city history.

The Revd Dr Colin Butler, Vicar of St Martin said, “Hundreds of people, every day walk within a few yards of the grounds of the church, on their way to the shops or to work, but aren’t really aware of the remarkable heritage that is just a few feet away, within the grounds of St Martin, just waiting to be discovered. Thanks to the help of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we will now be able to tell some of the wonderful historical stories the whole site contains, including how the church may have played a part in William Shakespeare’s marriage to Anne Hathaway”.

Work on the scheme will start shortly after Christmas and the church is appealing for people to get in touch, who would like to take part in community archaeology or help with some of the nature/environmental studies that will all form part of the project.To take part call 01905 25952 or visit http://stmartininthecornmarket.co.uk/index.php/contact-us/