Search

Upminster Old Chapel gets £670,800 Lottery boost

PUBLISHED: 11:26 21 March 2011

Upminster Old Chapel, St Mary's Lane, Upminster, has received £670, 800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Upminster Old Chapel, St Mary's Lane, Upminster, has received £670, 800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Archant

A LISTED building will be opened to the public for the first time in more than 20 years after being given £670,800 of Heritage Lottery funding.

Upminster Old Chapel, which is in the grounds of Sacred Heart of Mary Girls’ School in St Mary’s Lane, was closed in 1987 and is now on English Heritage’s At Risk Register.

But the approval of a grant, announced today (Monday), from the Heritage Lottery Fund will enable the nonconformist chapel to be restored and reopened to the public in the future.

The chapel will be put to use as a heritage centre offering opportunities for people to get involved through education and volunteer-based activities.

A permanent exhibition will be created and there will be historical character tours led by students and volunteers, bringing the history of the chapel to life.

Other work will include installing toilets, a kitchen and meeting spaces.

Bernadette Williams, head teacher at Sacred Heart of Mary Girls’ School, said: “The school is absolutely delighted to receive the news that the Heritage Lottery Fund is supporting our bid for £670,800 - this will enable us to lovingly restore and renovate Upminster Old Chapel.

“This is a very exciting time for us. As a result of our successful bid we will be able to promote the history and heritage of Upminster.”

Five other projects in London were also given funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Sue Bowers, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund for London, said: “There are countless hidden histories across the capital that play a vital part in our understanding of our heritage.

“At an exciting time when East End boroughs are watching the changes around them as the Olympic Park takes shape, we must not forget the stories of people who have lived their lives on this site for many years before.”

0 comments

Latest Romford News Stories

Yesterday, 16:35

Three men from Romford have been arrested on suspicion of murdering a 19-year-old in Redbridge during a raid in the early hours of this morning.

Yesterday, 14:00

People may have woken up to an unpleasant surprise this morning when direct debits on rent payments to Havering Council were taken out early.

Yesterday, 12:47

An annual Easter fun day in Collier Row will still go ahead despite the demolition of an old community centre.

Yesterday, 10:50

A man was found hanged in a park on Tuesday last week.

Yesterday, 07:00

A former alcoholic is helping vulnerable and homeless people to turn their lives around by offering free haircuts to boost their self esteem.

Mon, 19:02

Two men needed hospital treatment for injuries last night following a reported altercation in Rainham.

Mon, 17:21

A man appeared in court today after a Ferrari parked on a drive was left “burnt out” in a suspected arson attack.

Mon, 15:39

A woman will be taking part in a charity fun run in Hyde Park on Sunday in memory of her son who died after suffering a stroke at the age of 18.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now