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Abbey fire repairs could cost 3m
Fire damaged church
The inside of the church was badly damaged
Part of a 900-year-old abbey badly damaged by fire could cost up to 3m and take three years to repair.

It took 30 firefighters to extinguish the blaze at St Mary's Church, in Abbeytown, Cumbria, on 9 June.

The roof of St Mary's, which was built in the 17th Century following a previous fire, was destroyed.

The site contains the remains of a former Cistercian abbey, founded in 1150. A 17-year-old youth has been charged with arson.

The church's Reverend David Tembey said: "A month on and there's a lot of anger.

"To me the worst thing is the needless destruction of this building. We had a funeral the morning before the fire and a lot of people told me how beautiful it looked."

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