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Churches awarded millions for repairs

PUBLISHED: 17:29 04 March 2009 | UPDATED: 13:11 03 July 2010

A HOST of East Anglia's cherished historic churches will undergo emergency repair work thanks to a handout of millions of pounds from English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund, it was announced last night.

A HOST of East Anglia's cherished historic churches will undergo emergency repair work thanks to a handout of millions of pounds from English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund, it was announced last night.

Among 150 English churches sharing £15.5m are 22 in Norfolk that will get £2.1m between them, seven sharing £905,000 in Suffolk and two receiving a total of £146,000 in Cambridgeshire.

Among those to benefit are All Saints at Catfield and All Saints, Edingthorpe, both in Norfolk, which are getting £113,000 and £86,000 to re-thatch their roofs using Norfolk reed.

Norfolk 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 Bayswayer, England's places of worship face some serious challenges. These grants will fund urgent repairs so that these wonderful buildings which are so central to this country's heritage and identity can remain.”

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