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St Erkenwald's History - Dereliction

Redundant and derelict was the only state I can truly remember St Erkenwald's in. From an ecclesiastical perspective, very little happened to St Erkenwald's in the ensuing years.

The wranglings regarding future uses for the church, including sale to the Roman Catholic church, continued until well into the 1980s.

The church just continued to look in a more and more sorry state though, until one key moment, which hammered another nail into it's coffin.

Fire Ends Story of St Erk's

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