Your District Council has completed its project to restore and protect the railings around St Mary's Churchyard in Wirksworth to halt degradation.
The District Council is responsible for maintaining the historic churchyard and fully funded the £50,000 project after an application for grant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund was rejected.
The authority worked in partnership with Wirksworth Civic Society on the specification, which included targeted works to some areas of the railings and more protective works to the remaining railings. The protective works were removing all flaky paintwork and protecting with an oil wax.
The project also saw missing features replaced, the railings repaired and repainted, and the repair of the stone plinth to securely seat the railings as part of the comprehensive repairs to two areas of railings.
The District Council's parks and street scene officer Helen Carrington said:
"The railings and plinth were installed by a wealthy vicar in 1832, apparently to keep the churchyard 'holy' but more probably to prevent townsfolk using it as common ground for hanging out washing and taking short cuts!
"The work was done to conservation specifications and standards, which take longer than more modern processes."