Church restoration after arson damage

A congregation is set to worship again in a partially-restored historic Cumbrian church, which was damaged in an arson attack.

Full report: Church restoration after arson damage

It was a fire that seemed to mark the end of an 800-year history for a medieval abbey in Cumbria.

Holme Cultram St Mary, in Abbeytown, was severely damaged in an arson attack in 2006.

The congregation has been fundraising for the past seven years, while attending services in a cramped corridor.

But with a £1.6 million refit, they should be back in the historic building by Christmas.

Watch Andy Burn's report here:

Advertisement

Church needs more funding to complete repairs after arson damage

A congregation is set to worship again in a partially-restored historic Cumbrian church, which was damaged in an arson attack.

Holme Cultram St Mary in Abbeytown suffered extensive damage after the blaze in June 2006.

The fire destroyed the church's roof and affected masonry and the building's interior. Work so far has accounted for £1.6 million, which was paid out by insurers.

But it is estimated a further £450,000 is still needed to complete the repairs and re-ordering of the building.