St Swithin's is a Victorian church initially built by local industrialists Clayton and Shuttleworth to provide a place of worship for the local expanding population created by their factory. It is a large building, said to seat as many as 1,000 when it consisted of pews throughout. The spire is still one of the tallest structures in the city. The building is kept open on a regular basis (six hours a day, six days a week) for tourists, or those seeking a quiet space. Future plans include hosting a university sponsored event celebrating pioneering local mathematician George Boole. The grant was to help fund repairs to the roof and fabric of the church.