Oldham church hall in disrepair needs cash injection for slate roof and structural repairs
The entrance of St. Marks Centre, Glodwick, Oldham: slate roof repairs only tell half the story of the building’s state. Image via Google Maps Street View, September 2016.
Could somebody please call Nick Knowles? This week, we have learned of a possible restoration project that would test the patience of his DIY SOS team several times over. At the close of last month, the Oldham Evening Chronicle reported on the state of St. Marks Centre in Glodwick (to the south east of Oldham town centre). The community centre, part of St. Mark With Christ Church has been in serious disrepair lately. Firstly, it needs a new slate roof; but this is only part of the story.
As well as the slate roof (made of Welsh slate), the community hall is in dire need of interior refurbishment. The floor needs replacing due to damp; these are caused by holes in the slate roof and exterior walls. One of the walls need to be taken down. The cost to renovate St Marks Centre? A whopping million pounds.
The community hall was built in 1875 with a Welsh slate roof and squared stone blocks. Its parent church and the hall are Grade II Listed Buildings. Historic England, in relation to the hall, said: “It is at immediate risk of further deterioration or loss of fabric”.
If you would like to make a donation or find out more about their restoration bid, call Chris on 07933 637608. As it is such a splendid building, feel free to share this post far and wide.