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.
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