The earliest mention of the church is from c1200 when it was called ‘Hurtlegh’ meaning stag wood or clearing, but it is likely that there had been a community and church here for several centuries before this. St Mary’s is characterised by the fact that it was ‘built by nuns’ – hardy Cicstercian nuns from France!
Inca worked with The Churches Conservation Trust to develop a series of interpretation panels and a guided walk around the surrounding land. This was part of a programme to restore the church, which included the addition of electric lighting via carefully placed solar panels, the aim being to preserve this historic church and its stories for future generations.
Historic stories were curated and verified by local historians and specialists. Photos were taken at the church and positioned alongside examples procured from other significant churches of the same period. Other images and maps were sourced from local authorities, libraries and historic resources. From this, we were able to create a design concept that was in keeping with the medieval period and sympathetic to the church fabric itself.