London places of worship get £613,000 for repair works

Seven places of worship in London have been awarded repair grants totalling £613,000.

The grants were awarded to churches in Croydon, Sutton, Southwark and Enfield, and a synagogue in Barnet.

The money is from the Repair Grants for Places of Worship scheme, which is now funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and administered by English Heritage.

Grants for the Grade II-listed buildings ranged from £18,000 to £199,000.

The Bishop of London, Dr Richard Chartres, said: "Congregations across the UK are the custodians of some of our most important historic buildings and while they provide much joy and inspiration, maintaining them is a heavy financial burden.

"This vital investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund delivered with the benefit of English Heritage's conservation expertise, means that local people can continue to safeguard these precious places."

A total of £8m has been awarded to 67 Grade II-listed churches, chapels and synagogues across the UK.

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