Charlton Benefice

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St. Luke's Church, which is grade 2* listed, dates from 1630 although there was a flintstone church on this site prior to this dating back to the 11th century. There are several monuments of importance in the church, including a bust of Sir Spencer Percival, the only English Prime Minister ever to be assassinated, and a sandstone memorial dedicated to Master Edward Wilkinson who was Master Cook to Elizabeth 1 and died in 1567. The church has been in need of repair for some years, particularly the roof which has been leaking for some time, and the tower where cracks were beginning to appear. To that end, after much fund raising and grant applications, restoration work began in early November 2012, and was completed mid-April of this year. The next phase of the project is to carry out repairs, where needed, to the exterior lower brickwork, before commencing on restoration and re-decoration of the interior.