39 cathedrals to benefit from grants for repairs
On 21 July 2016 the Department for Culture, Media & Sport, Culture Secretary Karen Bradley MP, English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund announced that 39 cathedrals across England would benefit from government funding of £14.5 million for repairs. Ref Gov.uk England cathedrals benefit from £14.5 million government investment to help protect nation’s heritage.
The Church of England’s 42 cathedrals are estimated to contribute £220 million to the economy, and welcome more than 11 million visitors annually. The grants, awarded from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund, will help keep them wind-proof, weather-tight, safe and open to the public.
Other repairs include:
- Roof repairs – Lichfield, Derby, Guildford, Sheffield, Liverpool, Rochester, Hereford, Carlisle, Southwell, Canterbury, Lincoln – ranging from to £250,000 (Canterbury) to £750,000 (Derby).
- Restoration of stained glass windows - Winchester, Wakefield and Worcester – ranging from £390,000 (Worcester) to £500,000 (Winchester).
- Stone work at Lichfield, St Albans, Gloucester, Salisbury, York, Ripon, Leicester – ranging from £160,000 (Chichester) to £550,000 (Salisbury).
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley said: “Cathedrals are powerful symbols of Britain’s shared history. They are important not only for their architecture and heritage, but also for the vital role they play in local communities.”
Dame Fiona Reynolds, Chair of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England, said: “Cathedrals which benefitted from the first phase of this fund have been repaired and refurbished, and staff and volunteers have time and resources to serve their cities and regions with renewed energy. It is fantastic that more cathedrals are now able to benefit from this scheme."
Sir Paul Ruddock, Chair of the Expert Panel of the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund said: “In 2014 the Chancellor announced the first £20 million phase of the Fund, intended to get our wonderful heritage of Cathedral buildings waterproof and weather-tight, safe and open and in good shape for the commemorations of the First World War Centenary in which they are playing such a key part. I and all those who love these great buildings were delighted when he announced a further £20 million for the Fund in the March 2016 budget. It will now run until 2018 and the works it will have supported between 2014 and 2018 will stand as a very fitting memorial to the First World War a century earlier.”
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