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Churches get 1m for repair work
Nine churches in London are to receive nearly a 1m to help with repairs.

Places of worship in Camden, Croydon, Southwark, Lewisham, Newham, Westminster, City of London, Hackney and Wandsworth will receive the grants.

English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund is pledging more than 15m to support conservation work in 160 listed places of worship in England.

The national launch on Thursday was at All Saints church in Camden, north London, which has been given 114,000.

St Mary Magdalene, Croydon - 102,000
St Giles, Southwark - 111,000
St Mary The Virgin, Lewisham - 64,000
St Mary, Newham - 71,000
All Hallows By the Tower, City of London - 25,000
St Gabriel, Westminster - 362,000
Holy Trinity, Wandsworth - 70,000
St John Of Jerusalem, Hackney - 57,000
All Saints church, Camden - 114,000

Since 2002, 118m in grant aid has been awarded to more than 1,000 Grade I and II historic places of worship for building repairs.

But English Heritage says the scheme remains heavily oversubscribed, with twice as many applications each year as can be funded.

The majority of recipients this year are Anglican churches, but there are also buildings belonging to other denominations and faiths.

These include Roman Catholic, Methodist and Orthodox churches, together with an historic synagogue.

Paddy Pugh, English Heritage Planning and Development Director for London, said: "Places of worship are the architectural wonders of our landscape and play a significant role in our communities.

"These grants provide essential help to these time-worn treasures, many of which are only maintained through the hard work of small and hard-pressed communities."

Father George Zafirakos, priest-in-charge at All Saints, said: "We are delighted that English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund have been able to help us, especially as this year marks our 60th anniversary.

"This church is not only a beautiful treasure, but also a living focal point for London's Greek Cypriot community."

The nine churches in London will receive a total of 976,000.

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