Sunday, November 11, 2007

Bensham’s historic church sold

The landmark St Cuthberts Church on Bensham Bank has been sold by the Church Commissioners to the American based St Stephen The Great Charitable Trust.

The historic landmark has been sold for £100, reflecting the state of the building which is suffering from structural problems and vandalism. The building needs considerable investment to bring it back into use.

The nineteenth century church was designed by the famous Victorian North East architect John Dobson.

The Church Commissioners were keen to see the building continue to be used as a church. Work on restoring the building is expected to take a year.

The sale of the church has been wlecomed by local Liberal Democrat campaigners Susan Craig and Peter Andras.

Photo: Peter Andras and Susan Craig outside St Cuthbert's Church in Bensham. They have welcomed the sale of the church as a way of saving the landmark.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dear Church Lovers.
I am pleased St.Cuthberts is to be saved.
My Grandparents were married there in the early 1900s and served in the choir for many years.
I also served in the choir and went to confirmation classes there.
Mike Alton
previously of Derwentwater Road.