St Peter’s Parish Church in Antrim Road, Belfast, is one of seven Northern Ireland churches to share £30,000 of funding from the National Churches Trust.
This is as part of the ‘Treasure Ireland’ project funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Pilgrim Trust and the Department of Communities.
St Peter’s receives £2,825 to remove cement mortar and replace this with lime mortar, along with repairs to sandstone window surrounds.
St Peter’s is a well-preserved Gothic-Revival church built at the very end of the 19th century and furnished to a very high standard. In the following decades, the church was described as ‘a slice of a cathedral,’ and having ‘an appearance and dignity such as is rarely met with in our local ecclesiastical structures.’
Claire Walker, Chief Executive Officer of the National Churches Trust said: “Northern Ireland’s historic churches and chapels play a vital part in its national heritage and have done so much to help local people during the Covid-19 lockdown. But to survive, many need to carry out urgent repairs and install modern facilities. The cost of this work is far beyond what most congregations can pay for themselves.
“So I’m delighted that the Treasure Ireland project is able to support seven churches and chapels, funding that will help secure the future of these historic buildings.”
Paul Mullan, Northern Ireland Director of The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “We’re delighted to support these seven churches to carry out urgent repairs and help preserve the heritage of these historic buildings. We’re grateful to National Lottery players for making it possible and ensuring they are able to continue engaging with a wide range of audiences.”
Other churches to receive grants are: