One of the Ribble Valley’s most historic churches has received a “substantial’’ lottery grant windfall.
St Mary and All Saints Parish Church in Whalley has received the money from the Heritage Lottery Fund to carry out extensive conservation work on the Grade One listed church that dates back to the 13th century.
It is good to know that the church will be preserved for future generationsFriends of Whalley Parish Church
The money will also go towards creating an internal resource area to help visitors learn about the heritage of the church.
The cash will be delivered to the church in stages as the work progresses.
The church is a beautiful medieval landmark in the centre of Whalley and stands as an icon of heritage, containing many wonderful features.
The project will see essential and extensive repair work to the fabric of the building carried out.
It is anticipated that the resource area will be of benefit to the church, schools and local community, and will enhance the appeal of the church for the many tourists who visit.
A spokesman from Friends of Whalley Parish Church said “The church is part of Whalley parish, which is the oldest one in Lancashire.
“This historical building is an essential part of Whalley and it would be to the detriment of the whole community if it fell into disrepair. All are delighted that Heritage Lottery Fund has given its support and hope that the project will allow for increased joint activities involving the local community.
“It is good to know that the church will be preserved for future generations.”
Most of the present church was built in the 13th Century, replacing a simpler structure which probably consisted of an aisleless nave and chancel. The tower was added in the late 15th Century.
Sara Hilton, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund North West, said: “The North West has such a diverse range of places of worship, each one reflecting the social history of its community, as well as its faith traditions and architectural influences.
“St Mary and All Saints adds to Whalley’s sense of identity, while providing a venue for worship and many community activities. HLF is pleased to support the project.”
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places, to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions HLF has supported almost 35,000 projects with more than £5.3bn across the UK.