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Gloucester Cathedral is delighted to announce Ecclesiastical Insurance Group as the first sponsor of a new gargoyle at Gloucester Cathedral.
A set of six gargoyles will be carved by the Cathedral stonemasons as part of a £400,000 project to restore one of the oldest parts of the building, the North Ambulatory. The Ambulatory dates to the very origins of the 900-year-old Norman Abbey and is currently the Cathedral’s most pressing focus for repair.
Inspired by local heritage and tradition, each gargoyle has been designed by Master Mason, Pascal Mychalysin to represent six districts of the county: Gloucester, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury, Stroud, Cotswolds and the Forest of Dean. This is only the second time in living history that new gargoyles have been created for Gloucester Cathedral.
Ecclesiastical Insurance Group (EIG), a Gloucester based company, became the first to generously sponsor the Gloucester themed gargoyle with a £15,000 donation.
Chris Pitt, Corporate Responsibility Manager at Ecclesiastical said:
“As the UK's leading insurer of Grade I listed buildings, we’re passionate about protecting Britain’s heritage. We’re delighted to support this exciting restoration project of one of our finest historic buildings. From an insurer’s perspective gargoyles have a practical purpose – keeping water flowing away from the building to protect it. So this is an investment in the future health and sustainability of Gloucester Cathedral which is well worth making. We’re also pleased that the city’s rugby heritage can be immortalised in stone. We’re a proud rugby city and hopefully this gargoyle will give the team the extra boost they need to reach this year’s playoff finals!”
Once completed, the gargoyles will be installed high above the north side of the Cathedral, enhancing one of the city’s most iconic skylines whilst ensuring the building remains watertight for generations to come. Built to last hundreds of years, they will serve as reminder of the support and generosity of the local community in helping to preserve this remarkable building.
Theo Platt, Head of Development and Communications at Gloucester Cathedral said:
“We are incredibly grateful to the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group for their extremely generous donation towards the Gloucester themed gargoyle. Securing endorsement from such a well-respected local company has provided a fantastic springboard, resulting in pledges from local businesses and individuals for the Forest of Dean, Stroud, Cotswold and Tewksbury gargoyles.
The Cathedral is the mother church of the Gloucester diocese and serves both the city and county - it is a privilege to represent our region in this unique way and we are thrilled to have the support of EIG and our other sponsors.”
During the week commencing Monday 27 May the Cathedral will run a ‘Gargoyle Week’ across its social media platforms. For the first time, the new designs will go public, with an exclusive preview of one gargoyle being released each day of the week.
If you would like to see the Gloucester themed Gargoyle sponsored by EIG, please visit the Cathedral’s Facebook or Twitter pages on Tuesday 28 of May:
Facebook - @GloucesterCathedral
Twitter - @GlosCathedral
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