Seventeen Grade I and II* listed churches and other places of worship across the North West have been awarded Heritage Lottery Fund grants to support urgent repairs.
The grant allocation was part of a £15m natuiownide funding round by the HFL and was welcomed by Henry Owen-John, north west director of English Heritage. He said: "Places of worship are a hugely valuable part of our streetscapes and our communities. Many of these time-worn treasures are only maintained through the hard work of small and hard-pressed communities. Today's grants will go some way to providing much-needed support."
English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund have jointly supported places of worship for over 10 years. A new version of the scheme will be launched later in 2008 and a total budget of £25m, covering all listed places of worship, has been agreed for 2008/09.
The places of worship in the North West receiving grants are:
- Barnoldswick Independent Methodist Church – £76,000
- St Walburge RC Church, Preston – £134,000
- St Michael & All Angels CE Church, Ashton-under-Lyne – £46,000
- All Saints RC Church, Barton-upon-Irwell – £481,000
- St Lawrence CE Church, Denton, Tameside – £68,000
- St James With St Thomas CE Church, Poolstock, Wigan – £97,000
- All Saints CE Church, Stand, Bury – £126,000
- St Mary CE Church, Stockport – £180,000
- St Aidan CE Church, Sudden, Rochdale – £94,000
- St Mary le Baum CE Church, Wardle, Rochdale – £54,000
- St James CE Church, Barrow-in-Furness – £128,000
- St Andrew CE Church, Crosby Garrett, Eden – £120,000
- St Andrew CE Church, Dent – £168,000
- St John CE Church, Skirwith – £431,000
- St George CE Church, Everton, Liverpool – £73,000
- Princes Road Synagogue, Liverpool – £112,000
- St Francis Xavier RC Church, Liverpool – £126,000
Grants for repairs being made available to England's Grade II listed places of worship will be announced in July.