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St Paul's church in Truro still on the market

By West Briton  |  Posted: January 23, 2014

By Chris Matthews

St Paul's Church on Tregolls Road. The Victorian building is for sale, but in need of extensive repairs.

St Paul's Church on Tregolls Road. The Victorian building is for sale, but in need of extensive repairs.

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A HISTORIC Truro church is up for sale, with estate agents insisting the building must go to the best possible owner to ensure it still has a future as an asset to the community.

St Paul's Church on Tregolls Road was built in 1848, but over the past ten years has become redundant, leading to the Church of England putting the building on the market.

Duncan Ley, from Chesterton Humberts estate agents, said: "We will be interested in the financial backing of any potential buyer as the church wants a sustainable future use for the building, one that creates an asset to the city.

"In this instance the details of any potential offer and future use are far more important than the return from the sale."

The church closed in 2007 following years which had seen the size of its congregation dwindling and the costs of its upkeep rising.

At one point the church was even declared to be structurally unsafe.

David Watson, a spokesman for the Diocese of Truro, said: "When the building became redundant, the responsibility for repair was assumed by the Church Commissioners.

"They pursued various options for alternative uses but one by one these fell through, so the decision was taken to place the premises on the open market."

The grade two listed church was built to cater for the expansion of the town centre to the east and measures 34 metres by 16 metres, but is in need of substantial repair.

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  • JellyPerson  |  January 23 2014, 8:15AM

    @yveyk "Religion is a crutch for the weak." You mean the 'weak' Christians who organise the food banks or the Street Pastors who put themselves at risk to help some of the walking wounded of 'Weekend culture', or toy libraries, or support for orphanages, etc etc. Please feel free to continue sitting on the sidelines and sneering at 'weak' religious followers who have the guts and commitment to do something for others while you whine and contribute nothing.

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  • BobToronto  |  January 23 2014, 12:41AM

    Willy the fish disagrees that there is no room or need for religion today. He may or may not be right. A healthy dose of doubt may be in order. I think there is a strong argument that religious institutions should due their own financing and not be financed by the general public, believers and non believers alike. There may be a few religious buildings worthy of tax support, Westminster Abbey and St Pauls come to mind but no buildings in Cornwall. As for protecting other buildings, those who want them protected should pay for their upkeep. Again there may be a few exceptions. Stonehenge comes to mind. The UK cannot become an architectural museum full of useless buildings that those who want to keep in existence cannot put up the money and ask the taxpayers to finance

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  • yveyk  |  January 22 2014, 6:17PM

    Religion is a crutch for the weak. We have no use for places of worship. Particularly listed buildings that are in bad repair. Demolish them and build homes for local workers and not incomers.

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  • willythefish  |  January 22 2014, 9:40AM

    @Truro_England "There is no longer room or a need for religion today" There are several million people in the UK (and billions more word wide) who would disagree with you.

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  • Truro_England  |  January 22 2014, 8:58AM

    Having many buildings which have a listed status will be a downfall of many areas in Cornwall, it stops potential much needed development or reconstruction. Take Truro town centre for instance, many of the buildings are small and old and the population have out grown them. Because they have a listed status its only possible to do so much upgrading to the building, I appreciate the age of some buildings but we should stop slapping listed statuses on them. There is no longer room or a need for religion today, knock the church down and build something people will use or places to live.

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