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Holkham Hall and historic churches share £500k Culture Recovery Fund grants

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A redundant West Norfolk church is set to receive tens of thousands of pounds of funding designed to support the culture sector through the continuing coronavirus crisis.

The St Mary’s Church in Fordham, between Hilgay and Denver, was declared redundant 30 years ago and is maintained by the charity, Friends of Friendless Churches.

But it is one of three sites in our area sharing almost £500,000 from the latest round of Culture Recovery Fund grants, announced today.

Holkham Hall.. (43942885)
Holkham Hall.. (43942885)

St Mary’s, which dates from the 13th century, has been allocated £85,229.

Elsewhere, Holkham Hall has been awarded more than £286,000, while the Our Lady of Consoltation and St Stephen Catholic Church at Lynford, near Mundford, has been given nearly £120,000.

Historic England chief executive Duncan Wilson said the support was “hugely welcome at a time when the people and organisations who look after our vast and varied array of heritage urgently need support to carry out essential repairs.

“Heritage is a fragile eco-system, with an amazing cast of characters who keep our historic places alive.

“These grants will protect their livelihoods, as they use their expertise to help our heritage survive.”

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