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Roof repairs set to start after Gloucester Cathedral receives £486,000 grant

Cracked pinnacle on the Nave roofGloucester Cathedral is delighted to announce that it has been awarded £486,000 to undertake urgent repairs to the Nave and Abbot’s Chapel roofs. The funding comes from a government-sponsored fund, The First World War Centenary Cathedrals Repair Fund, which was set up to support English Cathedrals to carry out vital work.

Thirty-nine cathedral grants totaling £14.5 million have been announced by the government through the scheme.

Gloucester Cathedral Architect, Antony Feltham-King said:

“Both roofs are leaking and some of the stonework is in need of conservation, including a badly cracked nave pinnacle which we think was struck by lightning and is currently being held in place with wire! The nave parapet gutters require relining to ensure effective water run-off and to avoid further leaks and damage to this beautiful historic building.”

Emily Shepherd, Chief Operating Officer of the Cathedral said:

“We are delighted to have been awarded this wonderful grant from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund. This is a significant project which will help to ensure the Cathedral remains weather-proof and water-tight for everyone to enjoy.”

Welcoming the announcement, Dame Fiona Reynolds, Chair of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England said:

“Cathedrals are the beating hearts of their communities, offering sanctuary, beauty, collective history and social and economic support to people of every generation. Cathedrals which have benefited 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 the scheme.”

The project is scheduled to begin in September with the urgent repair to the pinnacle. Work will be delivered through a combination of external roof specialists and the Cathedral’s team of talented stonemasons.

 

ENDS

Notes to editors

About Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral stands at the heart of the city on a site of Christian worship that stretches back fifteen hundred years. As one of the finest medieval buildings in the country, it boasts an array of architectural styles and is the resting place of King Edward II. Over 350,000 visitors are attracted to the site every year and it is supported by a team of over 450 volunteers.

For further information, images and interviews please contact:

Theo Platt
Head of Development & Communications
Gloucester Cathedral

theo.platt@gloucestercathedral.org.uk / 01452 874963


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