We told how a landmark 19th century church in the heart of Blackpool was to be demolished.
High running costs have been blamed for the decision to knock down Christ Church with All Saints on Palatine Road.
It is hoped a more modern building – most likely smaller with potential for car parking – will be erected in its place.
Rev Alan Byrom said: “Our proposal is to demolish the building and rebuild on the same site. We have thought long and hard about this.
“Many in the church have a strong attachment to our building and we understand that many people in the area have similar feelings.
“Unfortunately, the costs and repairs and maintenance of such a large building are prohibitive.
“Even if essential repairs were carried out we would still be using a building that would require ongoing running costs that are unsustainable.
“Such expenditure on a building that is not flexible enough for our needs or that of the community would not be the best use of our limited resources.”
The Blackpool Civic Trust, which works to preserve and protect features of historical interest in the town, lists Christ Church with All Saints as one of its locally ‘listed’ buildings.
Trust chairman Joan Humble said: “Blackpool Civic Trust will look very carefully at this proposal because Christ Church is on our local list of historic buildings.”
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This, along with many other buildings in Blackpool are no longer fit for purpose. A prime example being the thousands of terraced houses where the front door opens directly onto the pavement, the rooms small, and the general fabric of the building is tired. They were perfectly adequate in the days when people had virtually nothing but a dining table and the clothing that they wore.But now with TV’s, freezers, fridges, and many other appliances, the living space is reduced even further.
Alarmingly people continue to take out mortgages on these properties, some doing so in the misguided belief that they will eventually own it.
Problem is by then they will be only be fit for demolition as everything has a life span and bricks and mortar are no different, but unlike the Church here where they can rebuild it through funding, the homeowner will be left with a pile of rubble eventually and with no means of rebuilding
Your churches close because you have all abandoned your God
I have abandoned my god because I’m old enough to realise that it is nonsense
Blackpool Civic Trust may well want to preserve the building, but will they contribute to it’s upkeep and maintenance? I think not.
As somebody who lives a few minutes away from this building, I didn’t even know there was an active congregation there, let alone do anything in the local community
Makes sense, outdated building costing too much for them to run, knock it down, build smaller, cheaper to run church with parking.
My mum and dad were married there in 1959. I’m sure there are other more hideous buildings that could be demolished.
They’ll only replace it with an eyesore
Another iconic building going. I married my darling late husband there
They destroyed the lovely one on Warley Road near me recently and that was a lovely building. That certainly could have been revamped into flats.
Soon there will be no history left in our town. Shame on them.
This town does seem to knock down everything of character for ugliness.
That’s a beautiful building - if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it
So sad to hear but religion has taken a backstage these days
Disgrace to British tradition when churches are knocked down. As well as worship they can be used for social reasons
This is terrible, where do we go for midnight mass now? Such a lovely church just to be pulled down
Ann Clare Davis