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19th century Preston Church roof repairs funded by HLF

Posted on February 28, 2012 by Paul Smithson There have been 0 comments

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced plans for £15 million of repair work for English churches, including maintenance of the Preston Seventh Day Adventist facility.

Writing for Blog Preston, contributor Ed Walker explained that the religious building requires some roof repair work due to wet rot, while the west window is now in very poor condition and needs to be fixed.

He pointed out that £188,000 of the required £200,000 is coming from the HLF, although officials still need planning permission to fix the church - which was built between 1857 - 1859.

According to Inspire, the HLF funding will help deliver maintenance work on 153 churches, temples and chapels in England; thanks to the Repair Grants for Places of Worship scheme.

Dr Simon Hurley, the chief executive of English Heritage, highlighted the importance of carrying out such projects "sensitively" and labelled volunteers "inspiring" for helping work go ahead.

He added: "Such fine buildings are a great resource, as places of spiritual discovery, landmarks, event venues, places of solace and architectural treasures. These grants celebrate both what they are and can be, whilst supporting the people who care for them on behalf of us all."

The HLF has spent £155 million in the past decade on improving this type of building, a spokesperson for the organisation revealed.


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