Places of Worship grants to fund repairs

English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund have awarded £1.1m to fund repairs at a dozen churches in the North West under the joint Repair Grants for Places of Worship scheme.

Henry Owen-John, regional director of English Heritage, said: "The North West has a rich heritage of religious buildings, from tiny rural parish churches and chapels to the huge urban churches of the Industrial Revolution. Its diversity is also reflected in some important buildings built to serve non-Christian faiths. There is an urgent need for repairs to sustain this outstanding religious heritage, and English Heritage is pleased to be able to provide help for this onerous task."

Sara Hilton, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in the North West, said: "The North West is home to some of the country's most important and precious places of worship but sustaining them is always a big challenge. All the places funded today are at the heart of local communities, and by awarding these grants, the Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage can provide the much-needed investment and support needed to ensure these wonderful buildings are safeguarded for the future.

Churches awarded funding in the North West

Church

Offer stage 1

Offer stage 2

Total offer

St Mary, Sandbach.

16,000

124,000

140,000

St Kentigern, Aspatria, Cumbria

4,000

39,000

43,000

St Michael, Lowther, Cumbria

2,000

75,000

77,000

St Walburge, Preston, Lancashire

7,000

122,000

129,000

Church of All Hallows, Liverpool

16,000

87,000

103,000

St Michael in the Hamlet, Aigburth, Liverpool

17,000

182,000

199,000

Princes Road Synagogue, Toxteth, Liverpool

10,000

61,000

71,000

St Ann, St Ann's Square, Manchester

17,000

72,000

89,000

St Mary in the Baum, Rochdale

2,000

23,000

25,000

St Mary, Stockport

3,000

20,000

23,000

St Lawrence, Denton, Tameside

13,000

91,000

104,000

St Martin, Sale, Trafford

15,000

121,000

136,000

Total

122,000

1,017,000

1,139,000

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Why has it been allowed for the Muslims to destroy a 150 year old church in Longsight and replace it with a mosque?

By sonia morris

st michaels is a well run church and fascinating part of liverpool’s merchant heritage. the repairs now needed are because english heritage once made them remove modern work from the roof. it leaked. heritage lottery fund bailed them out. EH are so stupid at times

By cosh

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