London Shrine Faces Closure

LONDON, JULY 7, 2004 ( One of Britain’s most important Catholic shrines reportedly faces closure unless it can raise 400,000 pounds ($735,000) to pay for lifts and ramps for disabled visitors.

The Benedictine nuns at Tyburn Convent in central London have until Oct. 1 to find the funds to comply with new disability laws, the Telegraph reported.

The crypt at the convent, the motherhouse of the Adorers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, contains the relics of 105 Catholic martyrs executed at Tyburn field under Reformation laws between 1535 and 1681. The crypt is open for daily public tours but is inaccessible for disabled visitors.