St. Walburge’s Shrine is a Roman Catholic Church in Preston, Lancashire, England and was built in the mid 19th century by the Gothic revival architect Joseph Hansom, and is famous for having the tallest spire of any parish church in Great Britain.
Following a diocesan reorganisation to cope with the falling numbers of priests and church attendees, St. Walburge’s faced being decommissioned and was given a seven-year stay of execution in 2008. St. Walburge’s would have closed if no other use for it had been found. After months of negotiation by Bishop of Lancaster and Monsignor Gilles Wach, General Prior of the ICKSP, St. Walburge’s new lease of life was secured.
St. Walburge’s is recorded in the national heritage list for England as a designated Grade I listed building and is currently under the care of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (ICKSP).
St. Walburge's restoration project is urgently needed to tackle the inevitable decay and deterioration of the fabric of this magnificent church added to by the exceptional severe weather fronts which have been experienced in recent years. St. Walburge’s indeed is a visual reminder of Christian faith and testimony of the architectural prowess of its ancestors.
The project will complete phase 1 of urgent repairs required to the roof over the main church building, which has been suffering direct water penetration putting other elements of the fabric, including the roof boarding, structural elements of the hammerbeam roof, wall heads and features such as the war memorial, at risk of decay. The works are concentrated on the south roof slope of the church, between the west front and ridge of the roof over the organ loft behind the Tower
To promote the glory of God and advance the Apostolate of the Roman Catholic Church, particularly through an attachment to the Extraordinary Form of the Liturgy of the Roman Church.
Please show your support by making a donation, we would be most grateful. Your donation will enable us to keep up with the maintenance of this iconic church building. This stunning Grade I Shrine Church costs a fortune to run. Thank you very much.
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