Plans to upgrade historic Blackpool church including extension and bell tower repairs

An historic Blackpool church got an early Christmas present this year ahead of major repairs.

The Holy Trinity Church on Dean Street received £12,913 from the National Churches Trust to fund repair work on its tower.

“Increased availability of use will influence a greater reach in the community and therefore provide a social and economic boost. The design of the new porch will make visitors feel more welcomed into the church, as they will no longer have to use the largely hidden and rundown porch at the end of the driveway.”

St Mark’s is a locally listed building within Layton which is due to gain conservation area status. Construction began in 1925 in a neo-romanesque architectural style, and replaced a former mission church which had been on the site since 1909.

This follows on from a successful but ultimately doomed campaign down in East London, to save the historic foundry or bell tower. The Secretary of State eventually overruled the campaign.

Huw Edwards, vice-President of the National Churches Trust said: “This will help ensure that these historic churches, two of the finest examples of architecture in their towns, are able to continue in the service of local people.”

The building is still curiously listed on the At Risk register.

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