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Byline: DAVID POWELL

PARISHIONERS became worried when a deep hole suddenly appeared outside a landmark church.

Officials fenced off the hazard at the Marble Church in Bodelwyddan and Joan Barker, the local Parochial Church Council secretary, said: "It appears to be growing to the extent that the foundations are visible. It may turn into a sink hole."

Mrs Barker said Denbighshire County Council were alerted "under their public health duties", but a council spokeswoman said the authority is not in fact responsible for the church grounds.

A spokesman for the Diocese of St Asaph said: "The hole in the churchyard was discovered by parishioners at St Margaret's Church (its official name) and it was immediately cordoned off for safety reasons.

"Since then our surveyors have been out to assess the damage. They have fenced off an area around it while investigations are carried out."

Engineers yesterday excavated the land around the hole and found the problem was a collapsed drain.

The spokesman added: "Rainwater had gradually been eroding the land underneath the pathway which seems to have caused the hole to appear. We are repairing the drain."

The church will remain open as normal but the hole will stay fenced off during the repairs.

The spokesman added: "We appreciate people's patience while this work is carried out."

The 11am Morning Eucharist service will be held tomorrow as normal.

The Marble Church was built by Lady Margaret in memory of her late husband, Sir Henry Peyto Willoughby de Broke and was consecrated on August 23 1860.

davidpowell@dailypost.co.uk
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