Catholic Church closures attacked by Victorian Society

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The Catholic Church has been accused by a leading heritage group of failing to look after its buildings.

Dr Ian Dungavell, director of the Victorian Society, said there was widespread dismay at the Church's "intransigent" policy of closing churches, many of which have thriving congregations.

St Marie's Church in Widnes, an Italian Gothic church designed by Edward Welby Pugin, is on a list of the ten most endangered Victorian buildings in Britain, to be published by the Society this week.

Three other churches, including one of only three Swedish churches in the UK, are among those highlighted on the endangered list.

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