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Asked on: 08 January 2016
Church Commissioners
Floods: Blackburn
Commons
To ask the right hon. Member for Meriden, representing the Church Commissioners, which Anglican churches within the Diocese of Blackburn were damaged by flooding in December 2015; and what the extent of damage to each such church was.
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Answered by: Mrs Caroline Spelman
Answered on: 13 January 2016

Within the Diocese of Blackburn seven churches and churchyards, the diocesan retreat house at Whalley Abbey and three Church of England primary schools were damaged by floodwater. Many have also found that the boilers and heating systems have been damaged beyond repair and extensive programmes of works will need to be undertaken to both dry the buildings out and restore or replace furniture, carpets and school materials.

Reports of damage are still being registered across the Dioceses of Blackburn, Carlisle, Manchester, West Yorkshire and the Dales and York. To date 129 church properties have registered substantial damage from the December storms with our insurers, though I expect that figure to rise. The Cathedral and Church Buildings Council of the Church of England will be working with the dioceses to develop robust disaster management and recovery plans and flood adaptation measures for churches and other buildings.

Within the Blackburn Diocese

Parish Name / building

Grade or * listing / Status

Type of damage

St Michael’s on Wyre

Grade 1

Water damage and damage to the boiler

St Michael's, Much Hoole

Grade 2*

Water damage and damage to the boiler

St Mary the Virgin, Eccleston

Grade 2*

Water damage

St Michael & All Angels, Croston

Grade 2*

Severe water damage

St John the Evangelist, Lancaster (Incare of Churches Conservation Trust)

Grade 2*

Severe water damage

St John the Baptist, Tunstall

Grade 1

Damage to the boiler

St Wilfrid's, Ribchester

Grade 1

Damage to the graveyard and loss of many burials and monuments

Whalley Abbey

Grade 1 and Scheduled Ancient Monument

Major water damage to the Abbey building

Kirkland & Catterall St. Helen's CofE School

Primary School

Severe water damage

St. Michael's on Wyre C of E School

Primary School

Major water damage

Whalley CofE School

Primary School

Basement flooded and water damage

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