The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, through the Catholic Trust for England and Wales, was one of 14 organisations across England receiving funding for church repairs, thanks to the Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund. An award of £2.9m to support 17 repair projects was made. This second round of funding from the ‘Cultural Recovery Fund’ was over £6 million under this grant stream. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales expressed its gratitude to Historic England for making this possible.
On this occasion one of the beneficiaries of the grants was St Cuthbert’s Church in Bradford. Built in 1891, St Cuthbert’s is one of five Grade II* Listed Churches in the Diocese and famous for its associations with Mgr John O’Connor, Parish Priest from 1919 to 1952, and the inspiration behind GK Chesterton’s ‘Father Brown’ stories. The final grant of over £228,000 went towards addressing some urgent roof repairs at the church which had been identified in a structural survey by the parish’s architectural advisors.
This work could not have been completed without further generous grants of £10,000 each from the Yorkshire Historic Churches Trust and the AllChurches Trust (now the Benefact Trust).