Repairs lead to exciting discovery

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A BIT of bad news led to the discovery of a piece of history at Long Sutton’s St Mary’s Church.

An area of wet rot at the back of the church meant an area of floor had to be stripped back to get rid of the rotten wood – uncovering the original foundations of the south aisle.

The foundations date back to when the church was built in 1170 and were covered up in about 1300 when the south aisle was extended to join up with the church tower.

Father Jonathan Sibley said: “The south aisle was moved out by about 4ft and if you look very carefully from the outside you can see a slight join.

“It was quite an exciting find because it’s a rare discovery.”

The floor has now been repaired, and the ancient stonework re-covered.