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Photo: Fire damage

25 October 2013

by Richard Vamplew

pauline loven

Fire damage: St George's, Goltho, in Lincolnshire, a Grade II listed church, was destroyed in a blaze in the early hours of Monday morning (above). Four fire crews were called to the nearly 500-year-old church, but were unable to save the roof and much of the interior. A spokesman for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue confirmed that the cause of the fire was being investigated.

The church, 11 miles east of Lincoln, is used perhaps once a year, and stands about 400 yards from the nearest road. It was built in about 1530 by the Grantham family of Goltho Hall, and the chancel was added in about 1600. There is no electricity in the church, which is open to the public at all times.

The Churches Conservation Trust, which maintains the building, said on Wednesday that the fire had resulted in "a tragic and irreplaceable loss to our heritage and culture"

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