The historic building metal theft epidemic

The theft of metals from insured premises is a continuing challenge and has become somewhat of an epidemic affecting historic buildings, in particular parish churches. Ecclesiastical, a leading insurer of historic heritage properties, has seen a significant increase in metal theft claims over recent years, with the majority from Churches. Aside from the irreplaceable loss…

Church repairs can require some hanging around

Repairs to heritage buildings are often far from straightforward. In the case of St Aidan’s Church in Sudden, Rochdale the challenge was that the tower needed urgent repairs. The church itself is a Grade 2* building designed by Temple Moore. As reported on Rochdale Online: “The tower, which dates back to 1931, suffered from recent rain…

The merge of the old & the new is not easy

Protecting the unique architecture of their beloved town has become a top priority for the shop owners and building owners of Accrington, Hyndburn. The people of Accrington have been attending a series of free events designed to inform how the ‘unique and rich heritage’ of the area can be preserved, as Hyndburn council consults locals the on…