Archaeology Archaeology dept. to conserve 200-year-old CSI church in Kannur



Conservation program of St. Johns CSI English church inaugurated.

The State Archaeology Department has actually taken control of the preservation work of the 200- year-old St. Johns CSI English church in Kannur.

Minister for Archaeology and Museum Ramachandran Kadannappally inaugurated the conservation program of the church at Cantonment location here on Sunday.

Constructed in 1811, the church is among the few structures which are left in the State made in Victorian design. The Britishers and their households were permitted in the church.

Surprisingly the church has a rich source of history, as it still protects sketches and files related to the construction of the church, cemetery, signs up, holy books and numerous other important occasions.

The Minister stated the preservation works of the church and the documents and materials through appropriate scientific strategy were done with an aim to maintain the history.

He said that while preservation would be done by the Archaeology Department, the ownership of the building would stay with the church.

He said that all the preservation works were performed based on the standards of the Archaeology Department. It had been directed to carry out these works without interrupting the people who would come for the prayers here.

Mr. Kadannappally stated State Archaeology was protecting 185 historical monoliths. After the Left Democratic Front government came into power it had actually revealed to safeguard 15 more such monuments.

Archaeology 3 in Kannur

Of these, three were located in Kannur consisting of the CSI church, Payyambalam Government Girls Greater Secondary School and the structure where now Handloom Development Corporation office was operating.

The Minister noted that the government under the very first stage had set aside865 lakh for the extensive conservation works of the CSI church. Besides this, the church committee had likewise collected10 lakh from individuals for the work.

For security for the other two structures, the federal government had provided the administrative sanction of65 lakh and 47 lakh respectively. For the preservation work tenders had actually also been allotted, Mr. Kadannappally said.

An expert committee had likewise been made up for studying more about the huge structure in Kannur and Kasaragod, he included.