National Lottery players are being invited to see the use some of their money has been put to when St Charles Borromeo’s Church in Hull throws open its doors this month.
St Charles, in Jarratt Street, is the city’s oldest post-reformation church, having been consecrated in 1829, and has been described as one the jewels among our diocesan properties.
Upgraded to Grade I listed status in March last year, the building was begun by architect John Earle and remodelled by the celebrated Gothic Revival architect Joseph John Scoles.
The special opening will be between 11am to 1pm each day from Tuesday December 12 to Saturday December 16 and people should bring with them a recently purchased National Lottery ticket.
The church is one of 350 participating National Lottery-funded visitor attractions across the UK in saying “thank you” to people who raised money for good causes by buying a lottery ticket.
It received a grant of up to £217,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help restore the building to its original beauty.
Parish priest Father Paul Dowling said: “We are delighted to continue to welcome people to our beautiful church during the Heritage Lottery Week.
“Many people have visited us during the City of Culture year. However, there are many residents of Hull who do not know that a church stands on this site, so I urge everyone to come and see us.”
Heritage Lottery Fund chief executive Ros Kerslake said: “December is a wonderful time to experience the UK’s rich, diverse and exciting heritage, which has been transformed by more than £7bn National Lottery funding since 1994.”
A guide book, written by John Markham, is available priced £5 and can be ordered by calling 01482 329100.
For more details about the work, please visit stcharleschurchhull.co.uk.