Church of England planning to close Telford church ‘in poor state of repair’

by | Mar 20, 2024 | Faith Spaces, Newsfeed

The Church of England is proposing plans to officially close a Telford church.

An order has been published announcing plans to shut the Church of Saint Peter in St Georges, for public worship.

A consultation on the plan closes on Monday, 8th April.

The Church of St Peter was designed by Francis Halley of Shifnal and built between 1825 – 1827 to replace a C12 chapel. It consists of a nave and west tower to which the chancel was added in 1903.

The church is constructed in brindle brickwork with stone dressings and has slate-covered roofs which now require stripping and relaying.

Concealed ferrous metal cramps have severely disrupted the masonry to the tower bell lights resulting in section of stone becoming detached. The vestry has settled and rotated away from the chancel wall. Closure procedures were started in 2022, when church leaders described the building as “in a state of poor repair needing circa £1m to be spent on it to make the building safe and fit for purpose”.

If closure goes ahead as planned then the church building will be the responsibility of the Lichfield Diocesan Board of Finance for care and maintenance, pending a decision on its future.

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