Fire damaged church in the grounds of Stanley Royd Hospital to be demolished

Fire at St Faiths Church on the corner of Eastmoor Road and Aberford Road
Fire at St Faiths Church on the corner of Eastmoor Road and Aberford Road

A HISTORIC church which was badly damaged during an arson attack could be partially demolished.

St Faith’s Church, which was part of Stanley Royd Hospital, was gutted by fire on June 18.

Only four standing walls remain in tact inside the grade-II listed building, on the corner of Aberford Road and Eastmoor Road.

Owners Linfit Investments have applied for permission from Wakefield Council to demolish parts of the church which are unstable after advice from English Heritage.

A report by Townsend Planning Consultants states: “Overall, it is considered that the fire damage has already brought about the loss of much of the historical and architectural significance of this heritage asset and that the partial demolition should be allowed to proceed.”

Two 23-year-old men have charged with arson. They are expected to appear in court later this month.