Church of All Saints Shelfanger has been added to the English Heritage register of historic buildings ‘At Risk’
English Heritage has described the Grade I-listed 14th Century church as being in “slow decay”.
The main concern is the chancel roof, which is allowing water to get in, which in turn is causing dampness to the valuable medieval painting depicting the Adoration of the Magi - the three kings presenting gifts to Jesus at his birth.
But church treasurer, Jean Challoner, has described the At Risk listing as a possible blessing.
She said two failed attempts have been made for grant funding to English Heritage for the repairs, and their new status could mean a planned third attempt will be successful.
She said: “This is a much loved an supported little church, under constant supervision.”