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Re: Elizabeth Johns 1668-1702
You will of course need official approval [Listed Building Consent] to alter or repair the tomb including materials being comparable to the original stonework. Depending on the "common sense" in the local council's legal department they may insist that a direct descendant gives written permission for the repair. [ have been involved with similar projects and councils can be very obstructive so do try to get them on your side before trying to raise all the money. The council fear a descendant will come along and sue them for allowing the tomb to repaired or restored - in my case there were no surviving members of the family and finally after 4 years of arguing the council lawyer settled for a legal notice in the local press asking if there would be any objection. Your search for a descendant apart for the nicety of attending any ceremony may be essential in dealing with the lawyers - I wish you good luck. To add to the red tape if the tomb is in a consecrated churchyard or within the church itself you may need a Faculty [a legal permit] to be issued by the Consistory Court of the Bishop - the fee is very expensive so check out if you need one as you may need to increase your target budget. I know of a group of cemetery friends repaired a chapel roof where the slates had been blown off in a storm but failed to get a Faculty and the Consistory Court fined the group £4000 for repairing the chapel.