The Church of St Peters Old Cogan – part of the Parish of Penarth, All Saints- has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the essential repairs to conserve and improve the fabric of the church.
Development funding of £10,000 has also been awarded to help the Parish Council of All Saints Penarth progress their plans to apply for a full grant at a later stage.
The project aims to stabilise and improve the general condition of the church which is thought to be one of the oldest buildings in the county.
St Peter’s was originally a daughter church of Celtic monastery established before 600AD in Llandough .
The unique herringbone stonework is thought to date back to the 9th Century and is just one of many interesting architectural features. The church is the last remaining vestige of the long-deserted mediaeval village of Old Cogan.
Rev Canon Peter Cox , Vicar, said “ St Peter’s is a beautiful little church with a small but faithful congregation. This award promises to help us to preserve the building and its history for future generations and to continue our long history of worship and Christian witness in the present.”
John Fraser, Chair of the Friends of St Peters, Old Cogan, says the award is “great news”.
Mr Fraser says the ‘Friends’ supported by All Saints Parish Council have been at the forefront of fundraising for the essential repairs and for a future development programme for the church. He added “This tremendous initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund will hopefully provide a substantial contribution towards the £131,000 needed to safeguard, protect and repair the historic church building through a schedule of professional internal and external conservation work.”
The church holds services every Sunday at 15:30