A derelict chapel near Bristol is to be restored, thanks to a £682,000 grant from the West of England Combined Authority.
The Grade-I listed Whitfield Tabernacle in Kingswood is thought to have been the birthplace of Methodism. It's going to be re-opened as a performing arts centre.
South Gloucestershire Council says that, despite being in the town centre, the Conservation Area site - which includes the Grade-II listed Masters Church and the adjoining graveyard - has been derelict and overgrown for some 27 years.
Now, with Kingswood identified as the pilot scheme for the "Love our High Streets" project, there is renewed ambition for the area.
The graveyard will be 'respectfully transitioned' into a park.
The Masters Church has planning permission for 19 apartments and three new houses, while the graveyard will be respectfully transitioned into a public park space and transferred to the Council.
The tabernacle was built in 1741 and is important to Kingswood’s history, being home to the birth of the non-conformist religious movement and its founders George Whitfield and John Wesley.
South Gloucestershire Council is creating a master plan which will be put to the public early in 2020.