Senseless vandalism damages church windows in Little Barford, Bedfordshire.

St Denys’ church in the rural Bedfordshire hamlet of Little Barford has been vandalised causing thousands of pounds worth of damage to clear leaded glass windows, and stained-glass windows by the renowned Victorian designers Kempe and Clayton & Bell. 

The senseless attack on the Grade II* listed Norman church was discovered by the local keyholder with eleven window lights severely damaged. It is believed that bricks or other objects were thrown at the windows, both internally and externally. 

The church is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust, whose Conservation Team were quick to react by instructing contractors to board up the vandalised windows to prevent any further damage and loss of the historic glass. 

The Head of Conservation Gabriella Misuriello explained the next steps. 

“Having made the windows temporarily secure, we now need to appoint a specialist conservator to assess the damage and to provide recommendations and costs for the extensive necessary repairs. The specialist conservation of the glass and lead work will be expensive, likely in the tens of thousands”. 

The Trust is appealing for donations to support the cost of the repairs.  You can donate on our website, by calling the Fundraising team on 0800 206 1463, or by texting 'LBA' to 70970 to donate £5 and to 70191 to donate £10.

The incident has been reported to Bedfordshire Police.