£650,000 restoration for Armley landmark chapel

The view c1908 The building is in a prominent position in Armley

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A £650,000 renovation scheme has started on a Grade II-listed former Methodist chapel and several other buildings in Armley, West Yorkshire.

The chapel, built in 1905, is now a carpet warehouse and in a prominent position at the junction of Armley Road and Branch Road.

The building's stained glass windows are to be restored and the slate roof repaired, Leeds City Council said.

The money will also benefit buildings on Town Street and Branch Road.

The chapel building, often known locally as the Mike's Carpets building, is also to have brickwork repaired and its terracotta entrance restored.

Carl Ellison, of MC Carpets, which trades from the building, said: "It's the gateway to Armley and the work will help to bring it back to its former glory."

Councillor Richard Lewis said the building had been deteriorating for some time and it was a "relief to see the scaffolding go up".

Leeds City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund first announced a £1.4m investment in Armley in 2009.

Work at the former chapel funded by the Armley Townscape Heritage Initiative is scheduled to be completed during December.

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