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Under floor heating 'transforms Victorian church'

A Victorian church has undergone a series of renovations to bring it into the 21st century.

Following a break-down in the heating system in 2008, it was decided the 156-year-old St Mary's Parish Church needed a face-lift, the Westmorland Gazette reports.

Sections of floor were raised and under floor heating has been laid to provide a warm environment for people to practise their faith.

Wheelchair access has been improved and a new lighting system installed as part of the overhaul.

The Ambleside place of worship received a large anonymous donation to help with the funding of the £350,000 project, which took eight months to complete.

It has been described as a "magnificent completion" by the Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Rev James Newcome.

The church has a chapel dedicated to the memory of former Lake District resident William Wordsworth and is one of the few remaining venues to still perform an ancient ceremony called Rush Bearing.