Work is set to start to try and repair the structure of a church which contains some of Northumberland’s most famous family.
In 2009, movement was discovered in the Church of Our Lady building in Seaton Delaval, which had been the private chapel of the Delaval family.
Voluntary group Friends of Our Lady was set up to raise funds towards the repair and maintenance the church, and the vault containing some members of the Delaval family was opened in 2010 to enable the condition of stonework to be examined .
It was then decided to implement further exploratory work to understand the cause of the movement.
Thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £25,000, work is about to begin and structural engineers will be on site this week to measure the building.
The Northumbria Historic Churches Trust has provided a further £4,000, and the Friends of Our Lady are also raising funds to support the project.