Otterton churches new glass doors marks culmination of ‘years’ of work
PUBLISHED: 15:00 21 December 2018
The culmination of years of work at St Michael’s Church, Otterton, was marked by the dedication of two new sets of glass doors intricately engraved in bespoke designs.
The Bishop of Exeter, Robert Atwell, performed the dedication on Sunday, praising the parish for its work in the re-ordering of the church which had been put on English Heritage’s Buildings at Risk register.
He described the doors as ‘the final piece in the puzzle’ for the SPACE project (St Michael’s Parish and Community Endeavour) which was launched in 2014 and last year secured Heritage Lottery Funding to finance vital roof repairs and secure the building’s future.
Winchester based glass engraver Tracey Sheppard was commissioned to create the doors and produced different designs for each pair to reflect the specific setting of the North and South entrances. The North Door, the main entrance, bears the uplifting message ‘Let the Heavens rejoice, Let the earth be glad’.