Great news for Christ Church, Toxteth Park who have gained the support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for their restoration and repair project.
The project aims to treat dry rot affecting the roof timbers and repair the roof and rainwater goods to make the historic structure watertight and prevent any future recurrence.
Development funding of £25,200 has also been awarded to help Christ Church progress its plans to apply for a full grant at a later date.
This will allow essential repair and conservation work to be done to the fabric of the church, particularly to the north aisle and porch roofs. A competition to design a replacement for a broken gargoyle will take place and a new history of and guide book to the church will be commissioned. The Minton tiled floor to the porch is to be cleaned and the lighting improved to make the porch more welcoming.
Ian Simpson from the Diocese of Liverpool said, “This is a beautiful church with so much to see and it is much loved by the community it serves. It’s wonderful that the Heritage Lottery Fund has announced this grant which will help secure its future”.
About Christ Church
Grade II Listed Christ Church was built in 1871, funded by the generous donation of local businessman and philanthropist George Henry Horsfall (1854-1900). The architects were Culshaw and Sumners who designed a number of notable Liverpool buildings including the Midland Railway Warehouse and the New Hall Cottage Homes. The tall elegant spire of Christ Church is a local landmark which can be seen from right across Sefton Park; from close up the quality of and attention to detail in the stonework becomes evident.
Christ Church is on Linnet Lane, close to Lark Lane and Sefton Park, and serves a parish of some 5,500 souls. It has a strong social and environmental focus to its teaching and witness, and is welcoming and inclusive to all regardless of gender, race, sexuality or social status. Christ Church and its sister church of St. Michael-in-the-Hamlet recently welcomed a new Vicar, Rev. Keith Hitchman, to lead them on the next part of their journey of service and prayer.
About the Heritage Lottery Fund
From the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife, we use National Lottery players' money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about. www.hlf.org.uk