Future of more than 100 Blackburn graves secured after 'alarming' sale of heritage-listed chapel
'The chapel was sold with the expectation that it would be converted into a private dwelling'
The future of more than 100 graves in Blackburn has been secured after a heritage-listed chapel was sold to become a private house.Fernando Alonso ‘100+ Percent More Optimistic’ After First Aston Martin Test Fernando Alonso ‘100+ percent more optimistic’ after first Aston Martin test Thomas Maher Tuesday 22nd November 2022 11:51 AM Fernando Alonso has revealed his first test with Aston Martin couldn’t have gone much better, as he got used to his new F1 car.By: Luke Smith Nov 22, 2022, 12:07 PM Alonso dropped a bombshell on the F1 driver market when he signed a deal in July to join Aston Martin for next year, leaving after two years.By: Nov 22, 2022, 12:16 PM Listen to this article Alonso dropped a bombshell on the F1 driver market when he signed a deal in July to join Aston Martin for next year, leaving Alpine after two years.
The 1828 building in Blackburn’s New Row Methodist Burial Ground was put on the market in 2016.The sale alarmed 76-year-old Barbara Robb whose grandmother is buried in the Heys Lane graveyard.The Spaniard, having quickly shaken off the disappointment of his retirement from his final race with Alpine on Sunday, spared no time by immediately moving into the Aston Martin hospitality unit and then getting a guided tour of the garage on Monday to be introduced to his new team.She contacted the Lancashire Telegraph with her concerns and now Rev Stuart Smith, the superintendent minister for the West Pennine Moors Circuit, has given an assurance that no graves will be moved.312s before handing over to Lance Stroll for the remainder of the Pirelli tyre running at the Yas Marina Circuit.The chapel was built in 1828 and extended and upgraded several times later in the 19th Century.Completing 97 laps in total before he stepped out to speak to reporters, Alonso was beaming as he revealed his optimism ahead of the upcoming season.READ MORE: Mum's fight for justice reaches Supreme Court five years after disabled daughter's death The burial ground was the main graveyard for non-conformist churches in Blackburn and the surrounding area until the opening of the municipal Pleasington Cemetery.“This year’s car is not anywhere near of what we will run next year,” said Alonso.
It contains hundreds of graves.“When I signed for Aston Martin [in July], I was 90% happy.“It was not really to get confident or anything like that, it’s not that it’s going to be a continuation of this car or anything like that.Rev Smith – the minister of Lammack, Mellor, St Paul’s and Wilpshire Methodist Churches – said: “The Methodist Church sold the chapel in 2016/17.“We understand it has since been put back on the market.“This morning, I was 100%, now I’m 100+!” While the test went very smoothly for Alonso as he racked up 97 trouble-free laps, he revealed that it wasn’t the most comfortable of tests as his seat didn’t quite fit him perfectly.The chapel was sold with the expectation that it would be converted into a private dwelling.“I felt basically the same as well, I felt a very competitive car.“The burial ground was not part of the sale.“Obviously, we did 97 laps compressed in one morning, so it was quite extreme.Both Aston Martins finished in the points, so it was a good car anyway.
It remains the property of the Methodist Church.Planning permission was granted for a change of use from a place of worship to a dwelling house.There are small things, most of them are comfort – not really the balance itself, or the behaviour of the car.“When I signed for Aston Martin, I was 90% happy.“The original sale made clear that permissions would be required to move any of the headstones and grave furniture.The circuit did previously explore doing this with a potential buyer following the procedure set out by the national church.These kinds of things, obviously, you are used to one setup, and now you try to accommodate things, to see in a more natural way.“Following consultation, it became clear that it would not be appropriate to grant permission to move grave furniture.” Alonso endured a frustrating year with Alpine in 2022 as recurring reliability issues resulted in six DNFs, leaving him behind team-mate.” Alonso endured a frustrating year with Alpine in 2022 as recurring reliability issues resulted in six DNFs, leaving him behind team-mate in the final standings.
No purchaser has requested permissions.” Having stepped out of a similarly midfield Alpine car, who finished two position ahead of Aston Martin in the Constructors’ Championship, Alonso was asked about what differences he could feel between the AMR22 and the A522.The Methodist church will protect and look after the graves.There are no plans to move them “If at some time in the future they did need to be moved, a suitable new resting place for them would be found.“So it was nice to feel the differences a little bit and now try to understand what is the best way.” The Grade II listed chapel has a half-acre garden to the sides and rear of the property which has right-of-way pedestrian access to the graveyard.Mrs Robb said: “I am absolutely pleased the graves will be protected.So there is not much point really to develop this idea much or anything like that.” shares.
I am thrilled they will be looked after.“My grandmother, who lost her husband in The Battle of the Somme, was married and is buried there along with some other of our relatives.“I was happily surprised with everything but this year’s car is not anywhere near what we will run next year.” READ NEXT:.
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