The crumbling tomb of a mining pioneer is to be restored thanks to a Heritage Lottery grant.
The £34,000 award will repair the monument of Thomas Botfield, who made a fortune from local coal mining in the Clee Hill collieries in Shropshire during the Industrial Revolution.
His tomb lies in the churchyard of St Michael and all Angel's Church in the village of Hopton Wafers near Ludlow.
Botfield's work was innovative and he patented inventions in iron working. He was also a distinguished geologist.
The monument is a tomb with a sarcophagus, bearing the names of Thomas and Lucy Botfield and dating from the mid-1840s.
Church warden George Poyner said: "It needs a lot of repair work - some of the slabs on the tomb have cracked or been removed, ivy has grown over it and the lilac-coloured sandstone of the base has settled and suffered severe frost damage. Originally it was surrounded by railings but they have also gone."
He added: "The work of Thomas Botfield was of great significance locally and beyond, at a time of industrial change. In 1825 Thomas Botfield financed the replacement of the then dilapidated old Norman church building in Hopton and his wife, Lucy, funded a school for a number of local children.
"The conservation of the tomb will inspire us to find out more about the Botfield family and their legacy to the area."
New leaflets and guidebooks will be produced by the local history society and Hopton Wafers Primary School will be encouraged to use the monument as a focus for the children to find out more about their local heritage.
Part of the grant will fund new paths in the churchyard. A grant of £5,000 has also been given to the restoration project from Historic Churches London. ..SUPL: