Reports which suggest the spire of St Wulfram’s Church is “in distress” and in “very bad condition” are out-of-date, says Historic England.
News and community websites have this week claimed that the church spire, which has recently undergone extensive repairs to the top section at a cost of over £600,000, is on the Government agency’s ‘At Risk’ register, but it appears this information is a year old.
Historic England spokesman Ben Robinson said: “The story about St Wulfram’s being at risk seems to be based on entries in the 2014 Heritage at Risk Register.
“At that time, the top of the magnificent spire was in poor condition and major repairs were under way. Repairs have now been completed with assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Repair Grants for Places of Worship scheme and Historic England.
“I am very pleased to say that the Church of St Wulfram is no longer ‘at risk’ and will not feature in Historic England’s 2015 Heritage at Risk Register, which will be released in October.”
Fr Stuart Cradduck, rector of Grantham, said: “I would like to put it on record that there are no problems with the Spire. The Heritage Lottery Inspector and Historic England have both signed off the work as an excellent piece of conservation and restoration.”