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Revealed: The 15 Norfolk churches in greatest need of repair

PUBLISHED: 12:56 28 November 2019 | UPDATED: 12:56 28 November 2019

St Martin's Church in Thompson needs nearly a quarter of a million pounds of repairs. Photo: Browen Tyler

St Martin's Church in Thompson needs nearly a quarter of a million pounds of repairs. Photo: Browen Tyler

Browen Tyle

The top 15 Norfolk churches in urgent need of repairs have been revealed, after a trust released an "anxiety list".

The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham Usher said he hopes a long term solution can be found. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham Usher said he hopes a long term solution can be found. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norfolk Churches Trust has created the list, which details the 52 Norfolk churches that could be lost or seriously damaged if more than £12m is not spent on repairs.

Now the top 15 churches in the most dire need have been brought to light - with all needing in excess of £100,000 to carry out urgent repairs.

St Peter and Paul's church in Burgh Castle is in the top five of the anxiety list.  Picture: Rachel Buller / EPU.St Peter and Paul's church in Burgh Castle is in the top five of the anxiety list. Picture: Rachel Buller / EPU.

Top of the list is St Andrew's Church in Deopham which needs more than £400,000 to carry out extensive roof repairs and for major re-pointing of the church fabric.

Bishop of Norwich The Rt Rev Graham Usher said: "I am very grateful to the Norfolk Churches Trust for highlighting the urgent need for repairs to some of the Diocese of Norwich's churches, and their help with securing funding.

All Saints church in Tilney needs just shy of £200,000 to be restored. Picture; Matthew Usher.All Saints church in Tilney needs just shy of £200,000 to be restored. Picture; Matthew Usher.

"Our churches are not only architectural gems and treasure troves of community memories, but are also places where prayerful people gather and are motivated to love and care for their neighbours as followers of Jesus Christ. I hope that local communities, with support from diocesan officers and others, can find long term solutions."

Norfolk, which has the highest concentration of medieval churches in the world, needs £12,670,700 to repair the 52 churches on the anxiety list.

St Andrew's church in Little Massingham sits at number 15 on the list - but still needs more than £100,000 of repairs. Picture: Brian WaiteSt Andrew's church in Little Massingham sits at number 15 on the list - but still needs more than £100,000 of repairs. Picture: Brian Waite

The top 15 are:

1. St Andrew's Church in Deopham = £413,000

St Clement's church in Outwell needs £250,000 to be saved. Picture: Brian WaiteSt Clement's church in Outwell needs £250,000 to be saved. Picture: Brian Waite

2. St Nicholas's Church in North Lopham = £300,000

3. St Mary's Church in North Tuddenham = £296,000

Church warden, Richard Vere, at St Nicholas's church in North Lopham, which is second on the anxiety list. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYChurch warden, Richard Vere, at St Nicholas's church in North Lopham, which is second on the anxiety list. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

4. St Peter & Paul's Church in Burgh Castle = £293,000

5. St Mary's Church in West Walton = £250,000

In Elsing, St Mary's church needs just over £150,000 of repair work.In Elsing, St Mary's church needs just over £150,000 of repair work.

6. St Clement's Church in Outwell = £250,000

7. St Martin's Church in Thompson = £240,000

Top of the anxiety list is St Andrew's church in Deopham. It needs £413,000 worth of repairs. Picture: Archant ArchiveTop of the anxiety list is St Andrew's church in Deopham. It needs £413,000 worth of repairs. Picture: Archant Archive

8. St Andrew's Church in Thurning = £210,000

9. St Andrew's Church Little Cressingham = £203,000

Coming in at number 10 on the anxiety list is St Peter and Paul's church in Carbrooke. Picture: Archant ArchiveComing in at number 10 on the anxiety list is St Peter and Paul's church in Carbrooke. Picture: Archant Archive

10. St Peter & Paul's Church in Carbrooke = £200,000

11. All Saints Church in Tilney = £199,000

St Nicholas's church in Bracon Ash is number 14 on the anxiety list. Photo: Archant ArchiveSt Nicholas's church in Bracon Ash is number 14 on the anxiety list. Photo: Archant Archive

12. St Peter & Paul's Church in Repps-cum-Bastwick = £162,000

13. St Mary's Church in Elsing = £154,000

St Marys Church in West Walton needs a quarter of a million pounds of repairs. Picture: Archant ArchiveSt Marys Church in West Walton needs a quarter of a million pounds of repairs. Picture: Archant Archive

14. St Nicholas's Church in Bracon Ash = £142,000

15. St Andrew's Church in Little Massingham =£102,000.

In Cressingham, St Andrew's church needs more than £200,000 to be restored. Picture: Norfolk Churches TrustIn Cressingham, St Andrew's church needs more than £200,000 to be restored. Picture: Norfolk Churches Trust

Number eight on the anxiety list is St Andrew's church in Thurning. Picture: Norfolk Churches TrustNumber eight on the anxiety list is St Andrew's church in Thurning. Picture: Norfolk Churches Trust

St Mary's church in North Tuddenham is in the top three of the anxiety list. Picture: Norfolk ChurchesSt Mary's church in North Tuddenham is in the top three of the anxiety list. Picture: Norfolk Churches

£162,000 is needed for repair work on St Peter and Paul's church in Repps-cum-Bastwick. Picture: Norfolk Churches Trust£162,000 is needed for repair work on St Peter and Paul's church in Repps-cum-Bastwick. Picture: Norfolk Churches Trust

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