MUCH-LOVED historic buildings across our area are set to benefit from a share of £35 million.

As part of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund The Methodist Church in St Saviourgate, York; Cawood Castle near Selby, Everingham Chapel near Pocklington and Scampston Hall near Malton will all receive cash for for vital repair work to be carried out at each site.

A total of £774,936 is being divided between the four local sites with the Methodist Church in St Saviourgate offered £419,500; Cawood Castle £131,088; Everingham Chapel £145,030 and Scampston Hall to receive £79,318.

The money is being administered on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) by Historic England.

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said: "From local churches to ancient buildings and landscapes, the UK's unique heritage makes our towns, cities and villages stronger, more vibrant and helps bring communities together.

"This latest funding - £35 million from our unprecedented Culture Recovery Fund - will help protect sites including Jane Austen's House and Hampton Court Palace for future generations."

Duncan Wilson, Historic England’s Chief Executive, said: “Funding from the government’s Culture Recovery Fund is hugely welcome at a time when the people and organisations who look after our vast and varied array of heritage urgently need support to carry out essential repairs. Heritage is a fragile eco-system, with an amazing cast of characters who keep our historic places alive, with specialist skills that take time to learn and experience to perfect. These grants will protect their livelihoods, as they use their expertise to help our heritage survive.”