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Landmark church saved from collapse

PUBLISHED: 16:43 03 September 2008 | UPDATED: 11:22 12 August 2010

A GRADE II listed medieval church which could have collapsed has been given a new lease of life after a £28,000 restoration grant.

A GRADE II listed medieval church which could have collapsed has been given a new lease of life after a £28,000 restoration grant.

Special laser scanning technology was used to create three dimensional pictures of St Botolph's at Ruxley, Bromley, to see exactly where repairs were needed.

The 14th century building, which hasn't been used as a place of worship since the 16th century, has now been removed from the At Risk register following the repairs.

The grant from English Heritage funded architectural analysis work by AOC Archaeology Group on the Kentish ragstone church that needed emergency structural repairs in December 2006 to prevent the collapse of the north-west corner and buttress.

James Evans, from owners Ruxley Manor Garden Centre, said: "This is an important landmark and we hope we will soon be able to reopen it to the public so they can enjoy not only its impressive exterior but also its fantastic interior.

"As custodians of this ancient building we are very pleased it has been repaired and hope its future is now on its way to being secured."

English Heritage spokeswoman, Elizabeth Whitbourn said: "We are delighted to be able to help in the restoration of this medieval gem. It has survived in numerous forms for more than 600 years and a structure on this site is mentioned in the Domesday Book.

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