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BATTLE TO SAVE SALFORD CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION AFTER HUGE FIRE
 

Star date: 13th February 2017

GRADE II LISTED CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION IN LOWER BROUGHTON GUTTED

After last night's huge fire that ripped through The Church of the Ascension in Lower Broughton, fire crews and building officers are this morning battling to save the Grade II listed building, which was built in 1869.

 Watch Manager, Andy Simister of Manchester Central Fire Station, told the Salford Star that he was hopeful what's left of the building could be saved... "With it being a listed building it is very valuable to the community and we want to cause as least damage to the building as possible while making it safe."

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Last night, a huge fire gutted Grade II listed The Church of the Ascension in Lower Broughton, as six fire engines and two aerial appliances battled to save the building, built in 1869.

This morning, fire crews were still at the scene damping down the interior of the church, while National Grid gas workers tried to isolate a live gas main still burning inside, and a council building control officer and demolition company assessed the structural damage.

"Our main concern is the high unsupported gable ends" Watch Manager, Andy Simister of Manchester Central Fire Station, told the Salford Star "Our main priority is public and fire officer safety but we're talking about making these gable ends safe. I understand that there's been hundreds of thousands of pounds spent on the roof and it's a crying shame that this has happened to it."

Asked if the building could be saved he said "Hopefully, yes..."

While the fire seems more likely to be an accident rather than arson, fire chiefs are not ruling anything out... "We've got our fire investigation team on site carrying out an investigation" Andy Simister explained "We're trying to come up with the cause."

The Church of the Ascension is one of the only original buildings left in Lower Broughton in the midst of the ongoing regeneration of the area that has seen every house around it flattened. It was the centre of the community and centre for Salford's first food bank (see here).

This morning Broughton Councillor Jim King said "I'm very sad to hear of the loss of Ascension Church, it will be much missed for its community work."

Update: 14th February: Demolition crews stand by and community JustGiving Fund launched - click here

Ascension Church warden wrote
at 10:12:58 AM on Friday, April 14, 2017
Please all see updates on face book (the church of the ascension lower Broughton) thanks
 
stuart Richardson wrote
at 3:29:05 AM on Monday, March 6, 2017
Very saddened to hear of this . A church is not just the building , it s the community . In time I hope another building will happen .
 
Phil Jones wrote
at 6:21:26 AM on Friday, February 24, 2017
I believe (want to believe) this is a terrible accident. My Mum and Dad got married here on 2 April 1959 and my mum is inconsolable. She went to the church school on Hough La, St Andrews and remembers regular visits to church with great fondness. I as a young boy remember this area before it was so casually swept away in the 1970's. What I do remember though was the basic "niceness" of most of the people who lived and worked in Salford 7. Judging by the comments made here there is still a great fondness for the area and it's much loved church. My Mum lived at 123 Meadow Rd (pre-1975) Is there anyone else who remembers the area and church then? I would love to hear from them and it would cheer my mum up to hear from someone who even perhaps remembers her. This church has to be saved there is too much history to lose to an accident or ill will.
 
Salford lad wrote
at 12:00:30 PM on Monday, February 13, 2017
Clearly the commmet Fromm councillor King shows that he has written off any future for the church assisted by the council. How about an interest free loan like the Reds got?
 
TSK wrote
at 10:32:24 AM on Monday, February 13, 2017
So sad...Must be rebuilt as the Church has shed loads of money....
 
Chris Bridgeman wrote
at 10:32:21 AM on Monday, February 13, 2017
If this is arson, you are no better than ISIS erasing history and ripping apart a community. This church did a lot of important social work, now you have one less facility, save the area and the church too. The people that did this have no place in a civilised society, and are the first to cry about there being nothing to do. Beautiful building and landscaping, people tried, the railings and the fact its a sacred place alone should have kept the perpetrators out.
 
jake collins wrote
at 9:05:11 AM on Monday, February 13, 2017
i loved this church i did a gardening project here with someone called tony we should see how many signatures we can get and see if we can save it because i would hate for it to get knocked down
 
Lee Craven MBE wrote
at 9:05:09 AM on Monday, February 13, 2017
Absolutely devastated by this news, my heart goes out to all the Congregation, Fr Wyatt and the local community, A beautiful building which stored in the community for many many years has now beentaken away, thoughts and prayers are with all those effected.
 
Craig barclay wrote
at 6:51:57 AM on Monday, February 13, 2017
I am a owner of one of the new houses at new broughton village. Part of the reason I purchased here is because of the park and the church. Good people may move away and sell up if the area goes down hill !!!!!! Save the church !!
 
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