THE wall surrounding an historic village church is to get a Bexley Council grant for restoration.

St Mary the Virgin parish church in Bexley Village is a Grade II listed building and dates back to the 12th century.

But the wall surrounding the front of the church is now in need of specialist repairs. It will mean restoring ancient brickwork, flints and coping stones, and repointing sections using traditional methods including the use of lime mortar.

The damage has been caused by weathering, the impact of heavy traffic in Bexley High Street and previous unsympathetic repairs.

The Bexley Heritage Fund will contribute £1,000 of the estimated £5,000 cost of the work.

The church was much restored in 1882, but kept its octagonal Kentish shingled spire. One of its many claims to fame is that the Queen's great-grand parents were married there in 1853.