A CHURCH in Devonport which had been falling into disrepair has been transformed to house the public library.
Worshippers at St Aubyn’s, Devonport, near Plymouth, now share the renovated Grade II Georgian building with the library, after it reopened last month as part of a project (pictured, above). The redevelopment cost £2.2 million, and was financed by the Devonport Regeneration Community Partnership.
The library had previously been housed in the former mortuary of the town’s Guildhall, where it was felt to be cramped: the renovated church is four times as big. Church services now take place on a mezzanine floor in front of the stained-glass window in the east end, where the space can hold up to 40 people.
The Rector of St Aubyn’s, the Revd David Nixon, said that the transformed building now had a real “wow factor”, after previously being in a “terrible condition”.
“We’re just beginning to rediscover how to do worship in the church. We have a Sunday eucharist and a Thursday service; the library is closed on these days.
“We hope to use the building as a performance space in the future,” he said.