More than 260 churches belonging to the Church of England have ceased to be used for regular worship in the past decade, according to new figures.
The figures, released by the Government in response to a Parliamentary question, show that 29 Anglican churches closed last year, the highest figure since 2004.
Earlier this year, this newspaper disclosed that churches of all denominations were closing at a rate of two a week.
The number of churches is forecast to fall from 48,500 now to 39,200 by 2030. Church leaders have warned that the crisis threatens to devastate parishes and deprive communities of important focal points.
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