A MUCH-LOVED York church which dates back to the 14th century has received a £10,000 grant towards major repairs and to make it watertight.

The Grade 1 listed All Saints’ Church, Pavement, has been given the money through the National Churches Trust as part of a payout of £333,000 to 31 churches and chapels in England and Wales.

Broadcaster Huw Edwards, vice president of the Trust, said: “The UK’s historic churches and chapels are a vital part of our national heritage. During the coronavirus pandemic churches are doing so much to help vulnerable local people and boost morale.

“Many churches need to carry out urgent repairs and install modern facilities to ensure their buildings can continue to be used well into the future. But the cost of this work is often far beyond what most congregations can pay for themselves.

“So I’m delighted that the parish church of All Saints in York is being helped with a £10,000 National Churches Trust grant. The work to repair the exterior of the church will help secure the future of an important and much loved historic building.”

James Ratcliffe, churchwarden, said: “We have an enormous task on our hands to carry out essential restoration work to the rainwater goods, roof, masonry and windows of our magnificent Grade 1 listed church. The work includes the replacement of worn out lead guttering, lead roof work in the tower and of badly weathered stone.

“The total cost of this project will be around £125,000.”