St Mark’s, Dundela recently received a grant of £5,000 from the National Churches Trust to assist in completing internal repairs and keeping the building dry. Chris McCollum Conservation is pleased to be involved in the repairs to this landmark church in East Belfast, which recently celebrated 140 years since its consecration and has strong connections to CS Lewis.
The 150 foot high tower of St Mark’s is visible across Belfast and there are regular church tours for visitors interested in CS Lewis, who spent his childhood in East Belfast. The author was baptised in the church and visited his grandfather in the Old Rectory of St Marks, with its famous Lion doorknob which is said to have inspired the character of Aslan, the Lion in the Chronicles of Narnia.
A dramatic flower festival, celebrating his life and faith is planned for the end of September and the Rector, Reverend Helene Steed, hopes to welcome all visitors to attend and celebrate completion of the repairs together with enjoying music, talks, readings, refreshments and magnificent floral displays on the theme “A Seed is Sown: A Celebration of C.S. Lewis and Faith in Harvest-tide”.