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Council backs temple restoration
Whitfield Tabernacle [photo courtesy of English Heritage]
Whitfield Tabernacle could now be saved
A historic Grade I listed building which was in danger of collapsing could be saved after receiving council support.

The Whitfield Tabernacle in Kingswood, south Gloucestershire, featured in the BBC Two Restoration series.

The building was one of the birthplaces of the Methodist movement in the 18th Century.

It was built as a base for the preacher George Whitfield in 1741.

Whitfield had previously spent much of his time preaching outdoors with his better know friend and founder of the Methodist movement, John Wesley.

Viewers of Restoration were asked to vote on which building should receive money for conservation.

Whitfield failed to win the ultimate prize, but the programme raised its profile considerably with the building receiving huge support from people locally and nationally.

One woman pledged 1,000 for the preservation and a fighting fund was launched with a milkman being commandeered to deliver leaflets locally.

Now South Gloucestershire Council has voted to back the restoration of the tabernacle.

It is a building of such historical significance, it should not be neglected, said a spokesman.

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