Historic church secures National Lottery cash to replace roof

Sunday 14th July 2019 22:50 BST

St Just-in-Penwith Parish Church has received a grant of £226,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to replace its roof.

The roof replacement, which will require the laying of an estimated 15,000 new Cornish slates, is expected to start in early autumn 2019 and be complete in time for spring 2020.

Secretary of the St Just-in-Penwith Parochial Church Council Andrew Burt said: “We are overwhelmed by the news that the National Lottery has given us this grant.

“As a building of significant historical and architectural interest our parish church is deeply important to local residents and visitors alike. The whole town is thrilled that the National Lottery has recognised the need to preserve our heritage for future generations.”

St Just-in-Penwith Parish Church enjoys a rich history and the earliest written record thought to exist of the church dates to 1254. The present church is medieval in origin and built in the classic Cornish pattern church of three aisles and a tall west tower. A far more ancient church was rebuilt in 1334 and rededicated on 13 July 1336.

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