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Lead stripped off Windsor's oldest church again

Lead stripped off Windsor's oldest church again

Francis Batt

Lead stripped off Windsor's oldest church again

Thieves have struck again at historic St Andrew's Church in Windsor ripping lead off the roof and causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage.

It is the third time in the last year the Clewer church, which dates back to 1020 making it the oldest building in the town, has been targeted.

Church warden Chris Ward discovered the damage yesterday.

"We have most of the lead plus many tiles ripped off again," he said. "The valley or gully has no lead at all and timbers are exposed. I have had a roof company come and I will be getting a quote for a temporary repair."

Although the thieves have probably only got away with about £40 worth of lead the damage will cost hundreds of pounds to repair at a time when the church is increasingly cash-strapped.

Water was running into the lady chapel at the church today and buckets have had to be put out as The Rev Louise Brown prepares to conduct a wedding there.

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