The monetary value of the slabs is relatively low, but these slabs are part of the historic fabric of the building and churchyard. That someone would rip them out of the ground, where they have lain for centuries, is truly disheartening. Sometimes, when confronted with this anti-social behaviour, protecting our historic places of worship feels like a Sisyphean task. But we must keep going; we are determined that these buildings — which represent the faith, creativity and resilience of their local communities over hundreds of years — must continue to survive for many generations to come.
As ever, if you are able to support our work (and boost our morale) by making a donation or purchasing a membership that will help us continue to rescue, repair and protect vulnerable heritage sites across England and Wales, we would be so very grateful.