An historic church is fundraising to place a 200-year-old weathervane back in its rightful place atop the bell tower.
The Church of St Mary the Virgin, in South Benfleet, saw its weathervane damaged after it fell off the church roof in a storm in 2019. At first it was believed the iconic cockerel weathervane, which had been a landmark used by residents since 1785, had been lost in the storm.
Thankfully, it was eventually found inside the tower “in a very frail and rusted state” and almost “irreparable,” according to church member Diana Hawkins. Much of the mangled cockerel’s metal work had eroded, while other parts were crumbling away and the post that supports it was not up to the job.