A HISTORIC church will be able to repair its spire and tower thanks to a pre-Easter grant of £10,000.

The cash will go to the Grade II listed All Saints’ with St John the Baptist Anglican church in Padiham Road, Burnley.

It was built in the mid-19th century with the help of two wealthy local families ­— the Shuttleworths of Gawthorpe Hall who gave the land and Lowerhouse mill-owners the Dugdales who provided the money.

The National Churches Trust Cornerstone Grant will help pay for repairs to the church’s tower and spire making the church watertight and preserving its historic internal fabric.

It is suffering from extensive water leakage with water cascading down the interior of the tower into the rooms below.

The project will repair the damage to masonry affecting the spire’s stability and replace structural timbers.

The Rev Charlie Hill, vicar of All Saints, said: “This grant will help us preserve the lovely building in which our worshipping community meets and preserve its use for the wider community. We are immensely grateful for the help.”

Bishop of Burnley the Rt Rev Philip North said: “All Saints is my parish church, the closest one to where I live.

“I am delighted at this wonderful news.”

The grant is part of a £323,687 pre-Easter nationwide payout from the National Churches Trust.

Its vice-president broadcaster Huw Edwards said: “I’m delighted that the church of All Saints, Burnley, is being helped. The work on the repairs to the tower and spire will help secure the future of a historic building.”