A 17-strong list of Norfolk churches have been placed on the official “heritage at risk” register.
The Norfolk Churches Trust has calculated that £3.59m is needed to repair and conserve these churches.
At the charity’s latest quarterly council meeting, it also identified 52 churches across the county needing urgent repairs costing £12.67 million. Many on this “anxiety” list were also detailed on the trust’s website on November 22.
The latest “heritage at risk” register lists these 17 churches and the cost of repairs –
Carbrooke, St Peter & Paul £200,000
Little Cressingham, St Andrew £203,000
North Lopham, St Nicholas £300,000
North Tuddenham, St Mary’s £296,000
Outwell, St Clement £250,000
Repps-cum-Bastwick, St Peter & Paul £162,000
Thompson, St Martin £240,000
Thurning, St Andrew £210,000
Tilney, All Saints £199,000
West Walton, St Mary £250,000
Bracon Ash, St Nicholas £142,000
Burgh Castle, St Peter & Paul £293,000
Crostwight, All Saints, North Walsham £90,000
Elsing, St Mary £154,000
Sporle, St Mary £90,000
Deopham, St Andrew £413,000
Little Massingham, St Andrew £102,000
Norfolk Churches Trust has already awarded grants to many on this 17-strong list including Little Cressingham £10,000; North Tuddenham (£15,000),West Walton (£9,000) and Outwell (£8,000) and Deopham (£7,000).
Last year, the trust gave grants of £182,000 to churches in 48 parishes and at the latest council meeting, a further £74,000 was awarded to 15 churches.
Membership income plays a vital role in helping to fund conservation and repairs to churches across the county and in the Diocese of Norwich. Annual membership costs £30. See the website for details.