‘Could we have saved St Faith?’

St Faiths Church, Wakefield demolition.
St Faiths Church, Wakefield demolition.
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Demolition work of a Grade II-listed church which was torched by arsonists is almost complete.

The Church of St Faith, on the corner of Aberford Road and Eastmoor Road, was gutted by fire in 2012.

St Faiths Church, Wakefield demolition.

St Faiths Church, Wakefield demolition.

The attack caused an estimated £850,000 worth of damage.

The attack was so severe Wakefield Council said it was not financially viable to restore the church.

Instead they approved plans to demolish the building, despite objections from Wakefield Civic Society and English Heritage.

Linfit Investments Limited has been given permission to build flats on the site.

Workmen were at the site this week, demolishing the last remaining wall of the church.

Wakefield Civic Society president Kevin Trickett said: “It is incredibly sad to see the church go. Our position as a society was the building could have been repaired.

“It was landmark for people in Wakefield but now it has been lost forever.”

Mr Trickett said the council should have looked at the restoration of Astley Castle in Nuneaton.

That Grade II-listed building was destroyed by a fire in 1978 but was given a £2.7m refurbishment. It is now open as holiday accommodation.

Mr Trickett said: “This is an example of doing something proactive but the council have decided to lose the building.”