Five historic churches given £1.1m of lottery grants

Holy Trinity, St Helens Image copyright Google
Image caption Holy Trinity Church, Parr Mount, in St Helens is a Grade II listed building

A church built using waste from chemical works is one of five in the north west to share grants of £1.1m.

The Grade II listed Holy Trinity Church in St Helens has been given a £239,400 lottery award for restoration work.

Another church in St Helens, and ones in New Brighton, Halsall and Healey have also been given money for repairs.

Sara Hilton, from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), said the grants will ensure the buildings are "properly cared for into the future".

A grant of £195,700 will help fund repairs to the spire of the Grade II listed St James Church, New Brighton, which at 170ft (50m) is the tallest in Wirral, according to the HLF.

The Grade II listed Christ Church in Healey, Rochdale, also needs to carry out what the HLF call "urgent repairs" to the tower and spire and has been given £195,700 towards the two-year project.

The 14th century St Cuthbert's Church, Halsall, near Ormskirk in West Lancashire, has been given £250,000 to conserve and repair the masonry in the Grade I listed building.

St Helens Parish Church, which is a Grade II listed red brick building in the town centre, has been awarded £200,400.

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