St James in the City church with tent
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Liverpool heritage church hosts prayers in indoor tent

St James is the oldest standing church in Liverpool but it was forced to close in 1972 due to dwindling numbers.

It remained derelict for 40 years but now there are ambitious £2m plans to restore it to its former glory.

Two years ago, it reopened as St James in the City where its congregation meets in a large tent in the church until the money can be raised.

The tent provides a space for worship and is also used to host church events.

The church was originally built in 1774 by a consortium using money from the slave trade and has a rich social and architectural history.

Presenter Louise Minchin asks is it too late to save this historic building from ruin and finds out how conservation work is progressing.

Restoring England's Heritage is broadcast on Thursday, 5 December nationwide on the BBC HD Channel and on BBC One North West at 19:30. It can also be seen nationwide on the iPlayer for seven days thereafter.

  • 05 Dec 2013
  • From the section England