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Repair cash for historic churches
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Churches across the country will receive funds
Historic churches across the East Midlands are being given more than 1m for repairs.

The money from English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund will be used to repair 19 listed churches and religious buildings in the region.

Seven Lincolnshire churches are getting 350,000, with the biggest payout for All Saints Church at Beckingham.

The 12-Century church is already closed and was at serious risk of shutting altogether.

High Victorian

Work can now start on repairing the roof.

Five Leicestershire churches will be repaired, including St Luke in Gaddesby, which will receive 89,000 for its spire.

Two Derbyshire churches will benefit from the scheme, including St Luke the Evangelist in Derby, which is a 19-Century inner city church.

Another two churches in Nottingham are getting funding, including St Leodegarius in Old Basford, a medieval structure restored in the 19 Century.

Anthony Streeten, of English Heritage, said: "These churches are among the most important historic buildings in the region dating from the medieval period to the high Victorian."

A total of almost 53m has been distributed to more than 600 buildings across the UK in the past three years under the repair grants scheme.

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