A long-empty Fleetwood church came tumbling down this week as the demolition squad moved in.
St David’s CE Church, on the corner of Fleetwood Road and Larkholme Lane, is being raised to the ground to make way for housing.
With diggers and demolition equipment on site, work began on Tuesday morning with walls being smashed down and site work will continue throughout the week.
The 60 year old church closed in 2012 after maintenance costs became too high.
A leaking roof, problems with the electrical system and other concerns spelt the end of services there after it was soaring repair costs were put at more than £100,000.
In its place will be semi-detached houses, after planning permission for four homes was granted two years ago.
But from the dust of the old church will come new £203,000 church centre, created from extension work on the church hall on Larkholme Lane.
This will be called the Church Centre of St David’s and St Peter’s and will include new chapel, new kitchen and toilets for community use.
Father John Hall, vicar of the parish of St David’s and St Peter’s, watched the work and said: “It has been a long time coming.
“It is always sad to see a church knocked down but for parishioners at St David’s, they are looking at a bright new future, once the church centre is complete by Easter next year.
“While that happens, the St David’s parishioners are attending services at St Peter’s until the centre is ready.”
Sale of the land for houses left an initial £20,000 shortfall on the £203,000 needed to build the new church centre, but a large number of fund-raisers have been held to help bridge the gap.
Among those raising funds was Dermot Thomas, who helps run the Mustard Seed hot meals service at the Lord Street church, who raised hundreds by walking from St Peter’s to Blackburn Cathedral.