Churches awarded maintenance grants

A host of cherished historic churches, including five in the Times's circulaton area, will undergo emergency repair work thanks to a handout of millions of pounds from English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

A host of cherished historic churches, including five in the Times's circulaton area, will undergo emergency repair work thanks to a handout of millions of pounds from English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Among 150 English churches sharing �15.5m are 22 in Norfolk that will get �2.1m between them.

The county is the leading beneficiary of the grants because it has a unique network of medieval churches in hundreds of locations.

Greg Luton, English Heritage regional director for the East of England, said: "From the rural parish churches of the East of England to the splendour of the New West End Synagogue in London's Bayswater, England's places of worship face some serious challenges.


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"These grants will fund urgent repairs so that these wonderful buildings which are so central to this country's heritage and identity can remain."

Times area churches getting cash are:

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Hockering St Michael - �165,000 towards the nave and north aisle repairs and re-roofing including rainwater goods.

Necton All Saints - �138,000 towards tower including buttress repairs and lantern/cupola.

North Elmham St Mary - �87,000 towards re-leading of south aisle roof, repairing south aisle and transept walls and replacing rainwater goods in cast iron.

Sharrington All Saints - �52,000 for essential ceiling repairs.

Wood Dalling St Andrew - �140,000 towards urgent structural repairs to the south aisle roof, new lead roof plus ground drainage.

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