Living Stones Appeal

Sponsor Your Stone and Help to Conserve Gloucester’s Greatest Landmark

We need your help to make sure your Cathedral remains water-tight and weather proof. Our 'Living Stones' fundraising appeal gives you the opportunity to sponsor a stone which will be conserved as part of a £400,000 project to restore one of the oldest parts of the building, the North Ambulatory.

We are already fifty percent of the way to our target but need more support if we are to conserve this ancient part of the Cathedral.

For a minimum donation of £25.00, you will be allocated your own stone - in return you'll receive a certificate and a plan showing exactly where it is located. Donors over the age of 18 will also have the opportunity to join a scaffolding tour to see the work taking place up close and take in the stunning view.

To sponsor your stone:

The North Ambulatory Project

An architectural masterpiece crafted in the Romanesque style, the Ambulatory dates to the very origins of the 900-year-old Norman Abbey. In this part of the building you will find the tomb of King Edward II and the Memorial Chapel, honouring the County’s war dead. Currently the Cathedral’s most pressing focus for repair, the stonework requiring urgent conservation to prevent potentially irreparable damage.

Much of the restoration will be carried out by the Cathedral’s skilled team of stonemasons which includes two trainees. As part of the project they will design and carve six new gargoyles and 11 pinnacles – restoring one of Gloucester’s most iconic skylines. Each gargoyle will represent an area of Gloucestershire. It is only the second time in living memory that new gargoyles have been produced for the Cathedral.

Our ancestors did everything they could to pass the building on in better condition than they found it. This is part of the Cathedral’s DNA; each generation leaving its mark, building on the legacy of those who came before to continue inspiring visitors in the future.

The Cathedral is bigger than all of us and we need the help of local people to continue its story. Please consider supporting the appeal: every gift, like every stone, will make a crucial contribution.

For more information, please contact our Development Team:

T: 01452 874963

Thank you for your support.


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