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Historic Preston church submits plans to fix rotting roof and windows

Posted on - 28th February, 2012 - 8:40am | Author - | Posted in - History, News

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A Preston church is getting ready for a facelift to repair its roof and windows.

The grade II listed Preston Seventh Day Adventist Church on Grimshaw Street in the city centre is seeking permission from the city’s planning committee.

The church was constructed between 1857 and 1859 and a chapel has been on the site since 1810.

Detailed plans from architects Storah Architects explains how the west window of the church is in very poor condition and the roof is suffering from wet rot.

The report to the planning committee says the buildings “have significance in the town, giving an identity to the area, with the prominent spire, a historic reference in the changing townscape.”

The church was previously the United Reformed Church until 2005 when it was bought by the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

The repairs are being funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and will cost just under £200,000. The HLF are providing £188,000 of grant funding.

Sara Hilton, Head of HLF North West, said: “Historic places of worship are an irreplaceable part of the North West’s heritage and sit at the very heart of our local communities. Both the Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage are delighted that in these difficult times, these vital repairs can still be done, ensuring these wonderful places are secured for future generations.”

The planning application is available to view on the council website.

Do you live in the area? Do you attend the church? What do you think about the plans? Let us know your views in the comments below

Image credit to Tony Worrall

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