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Act swiftly to restore burnt historic church

The tragic fire at William Burges’ All Saint’s Church in Fleet, Hampshire, should not be the end for the town’s best building.

Picture courtesy of Hampshire Fire and Rescue

The tragic fire at William Burges’ All Saint’s Church in Fleet, Hampshire, should not be the end for the town’s best building, said the Victorian Society. Although it lost its roof in a fire yesterday, the Society is hopeful that restoration will be possible as the 1862 Grade II*-listed Church’s decorative coloured brickwork appears to have survived the fire relatively unscathed.

Christopher Costelloe, Director of the Victorian Society, said: ‘The All Saint’s fire is sad news for both parishioners, local people and admirers of Burges’ work. Given that the largely brick structure appears to remain intact we hope it will be possible to restore the building and rebuild the roof. Buildings by the great Victorian architect William Burges are relatively rare. Every effort should made to ensure that this church is restored. The Victorian Society will do all we can to help in that process.’

The Society’s view is based on the comments of the Fire Officer in charge of the incident, Group Manager Brian Rudman who said: ‘Unfortunately the roof of the church has been completely destroyed by the fire but the main structure and brick work remains intact and there is every hope that this church can be rebuilt in the future’. The Society recognises that the situation following the fire is bound to be complex but urges the parish to ensure that the Church is made water tight as soon as possible to ensure that water damage does not compound the fire damage.

Tuesday 23 June, 2015

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