St Andrew’s church, Coston is in rural north-east Leicestershire. It is a very small community with just a handful of houses around an ancient parish church, although earthworks show there was once a substantial village here.

The church recently lost part of its roof to lead thieves. The damage caused this Grade 1 listed building to be placed on English Heritage’s ‘Heritage at Risk’ register. Unless the roof could be repaired, this building which has stood at the heart of the community for centuries was at risk of closure.

A National Lottery Heritage Fund grant has now been agreed, and as part of that application we are working with the community to help them to research the history of this building, and other aspects of the community’s history.

Some work has been delayed due to the pandemic, but the first open day was held in July 2021, with displays, a talk about the church and a guided walk around the earthworks remaining from house sites which were deserted centuries ago.