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Century-old Doncaster church roof destroyed in arson attack

The Rossington Methodist Church, parts of which date back to 1917, was added to the Local Heritage List last year to secure funding for its upkeep.

Nearby residents had to be evacuated from their homes at 2 am in the morning as the flames quickly destroyed the church roof. A South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson confirmed: “Fire crews from Rossington, Doncaster, Edlington and Parkway stations attended a fire at a derelict church at 2:10 am on Nelson Road, New Rossington, Doncaster. The church was well alight. Nearby premises were evacuated as a precaution. There were no reports of any casualties. The fire is believed to have been started deliberately. Crews left the scene at 6:50 am.”

The building stopped being used as a place of worship just before the pandemic. Local community groups, including the 3rd Doncaster Scout Group, which had been there since 1957, and the Geddes School of Dance have been using the premises since.

The church was built in 1917. The main hall, vestry and coffee room were opened in June 1921, and the church itself was opened in May 1928.

The church was one of 31 historic Doncaster buildings to be added to the Local Heritage List, which protects them in planning.



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