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Last Updated: Monday, 18 September 2006, 06:43 GMT 07:43 UK
Church loses out in 'Restoration'
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Cushendun Old Church is in a National Trust village
A former County Antrim church has lost out in the final of this year's BBC Restoration series.

Cushendun Old Church was representing Northern Ireland in the final, which was won by a 19th century wheelwright and blacksmith's workshop.

It was one of eight UK finalists hoping to attract crucial funding to save them from ruin. There are plans to transform the NI church into an arts centre.

A total of 21 buildings at risk had been up for the public vote.

Over the past seven weeks, Restoration Village had asked viewers to make their mark on history by voting to help save historic buildings around the UK.

Cushendun Old Church is a small former Church of Ireland building, just four metres by 14 metres. It was de-consecrated in 2003 due to declining congregations.

Historic buildings

It is one of the most significant buildings in the National Trust village of Cushendun.

It was once a haven for distinguished artists and the community is keen to rejuvenate the building.

As a result they have set up Cushendun Building Preservation Trust with the aim of transforming the building into a broad-based arts centre for use by the local commnuity.

The Restoration Village final was held at Weald and Downland Open Air Museum in Chichester.




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