Lottery grants awarded to protect listed churches

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:

In Lancashire:

  • Barnoldswick Independent Methodist Church – £76,000
  • St Walburge RC Church, Preston – £134,000

Greater Manchester:

  • 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

Cumbria:

  • 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

Merseyside:

  • 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.

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