Listed Norfolk churches share £3.6m lottery fund

St Peter and St Paul, Burgh Castle St Peter and St Paul in Burgh Castle in Norfolk will be able to repair the roof and the chancel window

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Historic churches in Norfolk are to share £3.6m of lottery funding to help carry out urgent repairs.

The 20 churches are among 32 Grade I and Grade II listed places of worship across the east receiving the Heritage Lottery Fund money.

Six churches in Cambridgeshire, one in Bedfordshire, one in Essex and four in Suffolk will also share the money.

The grants will be used to carry out structural repairs, such as work to roofs, masonry and windows.

'Wonderful buildings'

In total, churches across England will receive £15m.

Many of those chosen for grants, which are administered by English Heritage, date from medieval times.

Greg Luton, English Heritage planning and conservation director for the East of England, said: "Listed places of worship make up an elemental part of the historic fabric of England.

"Thanks to the joint working between the Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage those wonderful buildings, which mean so much to so many will remain part of our story for years to come."

The money for the churches has come from the repair grants for places of worship scheme, which will be replaced in June by the grants for places of worship programme.

This will enable churches to apply for money not only for structural repairs, but also for funds to support new works such as the provision of toilets and kitchens.

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