Froadsham Church wins heritage fuinding 2014

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undefinedSt Laurence's church, Frodsham, has been awarded a grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund for repairs and to encourage wider cultural and heritage activities.

The parish church (pictured) is a focal point of the town, and is visited by thousands of people each year in addition to its 120 regular worshippers.

The grant comes in two stages – first a development grant of £16,000. If that is deemed satisfactory then church will receive a further grant of £177,000 to deliver the whole project.

There will be essential conservation and repair work to the roof, guttering and masonry. The church will then plan to deliver a programme of heritage learning  and cultural activities for one of the oldest churches in the North West, dating back to the 12th century.

The Revd Kath Williamson, Assistant Priest and Chair of the St Laurence Repair Fund, said: “We are absolutely delighted with this outcome and are very grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for their generous support. We are looking forward to progressing our plans to maintain the fabric of our historic church building to allow its wider use and further benefit to the local community.”

St Laurence Church is a Grade I listed building mentioned in the Domesday Book; it was built in 1170 and is probably the oldest building in Frodsham – still retaining significant features of original Norman architechture.  Its last major structural work was in 1885.

The church is a genuine focal point for the community and is already used for concerts, theatrical productions and special artisitic exhibits - in addition to services of Christian worship, baptism, weddings and funerals. St Laurence’s is also kept open every day for visitors and is well used by architectural historians, those seeking quiet contemplation, and people tracing their genealogy.