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First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund 2014-2018

Independent evaluation

The independent evaluation of the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund grant scheme, to which the government contributed £40 million, was published on 17 July 2018. Click on the links for: 

Projects at 57 cathedrals in England, 41 Church of England and 16 Catholic, were awarded grants. As part of the evaluation, individual summaries were produced for each of the 130 projects supported. These can be downloaded by cathedral from the links below:

Arundel Catholic Cathedral
Birmingham Cathedral
Birmingham Catholic Cathedral
Blackburn Cathedral
Bradford Cathedral
Bristol Cathedral
Canterbury Cathedral
Carlisle Cathedral
Chelmsford Cathedral
Chester Cathedral
Chichester Cathedral
Clifton Catholic Cathedral
Coventry Cathedral
Derby Cathedral
Durham Cathedral
Ely Cathedral
Exeter Cathedral
Gloucester Cathedral
Guildford Cathedral
Hereford Cathedral
Lancaster Catholic Cathedral
Leicester Cathedral
Lichfield Cathedral
Lincoln Cathedral
Liverpool Cathedral
Liverpool Catholic Cathedral
Manchester Cathedral
Newcastle Cathedral
Newcastle Catholic Cathedral
Northampton Catholic Cathedral
Norwich Cathedral
Norwich Catholic Cathedral
Nottingham Catholic Cathedral
Peterborough Cathedral
Plymouth Catholic Cathedral
Portsmouth Cathedral
Portsmouth Catholic Cathedral
Ripon Cathedral
Rochester Cathedrall
Salford Catholic Cathedral
Salisbury Cathedral
Sheffield Cathedral
Sheffield Catholic Cathedral
Shrewsbury Catholic Cathedral
Southwark Cathedral
Southwark Catholic Cathedral
Southwell Cathedral
St Albans Cathedral
St Edmundsbury Cathedral
St Paul’s Cathedral
Truro Cathedral
Wakefield Cathedral
Wells Cathedral
Westminster Catholic Cathedral
Winchester Cathedral
Worcester Cathedral
York Minster

 Further information

The second of two rounds for applications closed on 27 September 2016. The Fund is now closed to new applications.

Previous press releases on the Fund can be found here.

For additional information or printed copies please contact:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 020 7898 1888

What was the scheme for?

  1. To carry out necessary repair works to the fabric of the listed Anglican and Catholic cathedral churches in England. Repairs will have been identified by the architect or surveyor responsible for the cathedral. In the case of Anglican cathedrals this will usually be through the Quinquennial Inspection. Alternatively works may be recommended by the architect or surveyor in a statement of need. The works should be necessary to keep the building wind-proof and weather-tight, safe and open to the public.

  2. To carry out repairs to prevent further deterioration of the fabric of the listed building.

  3. To ensure the listed buildings are in a good and safe state of repair in order to host events commemorating WW1.

Who could apply?

Any listed Anglican or Catholic cathedral in England. Applications were for a minimum of £10,000. There was no maximum grant limit but grants of more than £500,000 were likely to be exceptional.

How were applications assessed?

Applications for grants were assessed by an independent Expert Panel using the following criteria:

  1. Necessity of the repair and consideration of the further damage which might be caused by delay.

  2. The heritage significance of the listed building.

  3. Financial need. 


Human Remains and Cathedrals

There are frequently Christian burials both within and around a cathedral. Some cathedral precincts also include ancient sites which may contain pre-Christian burials. This makes it very likely that below-ground works to cathedrals will encounter and disturb human remains from a range of periods.

Human remains principles

Human remains have a special position in ecclesiastical and secular law.

The underlying principles are that:

  • human remains should always be treated with dignity and respect
  • burials should not be disturbed without good reason. However it may be necessary to disturb burials in advance of properly authorised development
  • human remains and the archaeological evidence around them are important sources of scientific information
  • particular weight should be given to the feelings and views of living family members, when known
  • decisions should be made in the public interest, and in an accountable way.

Disarticulated bones (other than charnel deposits) can normally be carefully collected by general contractors for subsequent reburial. However, where articulated human remains are discovered, or predicted to be discovered, project teams should always include a competent professional archaeologist experienced in church archaeology. This should be either the cathedral archaeologist or an archaeological contractor briefed and monitored by him/her.

Human remains and the law

Any work materially affecting human remains in or under the cathedral church or within its precinct requires prior approval under the Care of Cathedrals Measure 2011 Part 2 (1) (a) (iv). Work involving disturbance or destruction of such human remains needs the approval of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England (CFCE) and more minor work needs the approval of the cathedral’s Fabric Advisory Committee (FAC). For guidance on the approval procedures click here.

Until the end of 2014 the removal of human remains within cathedral precincts also required a Ministry of Justice exhumation licence under the Burial Act 1857, but this requirement has now been lifted. On 1 January 2015 amendments to the 1857 Burial Act came into force with the effect that an exhumation licence will no longer be required, provided that approval has been obtained under the Care of Cathedrals Measure.

For works affecting Scheduled Monuments within cathedral precincts, Scheduled Monument Consent will also be required. This can be applied for through the local Historic England team.

Further guidance

See the joint Church of England/English Heritage publication Guidance for best practice for human remains excavated from Christian burial grounds in England (revised, 2017) for detailed advice on the ethical, archaeological, scientific and legal considerations. Following this guidance will normally be a condition of any permission under the Care of Cathedrals Measure to disturb human remains. A copy can be downloaded from the APABE website

More detailed guidance on dealing with church and cathedral archaeology was produced by the Association of Diocesan and Cathedral Archaeologists (ADCA) and is available at

The Advisory Panel on the Archaeology of Burials in England (APABE) has produced guidelines on the destructive sampling of human remains Science and the Dead: A guideline for the destructive sampling of archaeological human remains for scientific analysis (2013).

For individual queries please contact:

  • (general archaeological issues) Dr Joseph Elders, Major Projects Officer, Cathedrals and Church Buildings Division, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 020 7898 1875
  • (cathedral planning issues, Care of Cathedrals Measure) Tom Ashley, Senior Cathedrals Officer, Cathedrals and Church Buildings Division, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 020 7898 1888.

The next Commission meeting is on 31 January 2019. It will consider the following new applications. Click on the links below for the application  forms. Full documents can be obtained from the cathedral contact listed on the form.


The last Commission meeting was on 13 December 2018. It considered the following new applications. Click on the links below for the decision documents.

There are currently no ChurchCare funds available for the conservation of objects in cathedrals.

For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Head of Conservation, T: 020 7898 1889.

On this page you can download frequently used forms. Note: you may have to save the document to make it display properly once you start entering details.

Application to the FAC

Application to the CFCE

Other applications

Other forms

The Notice of Completion of Works was created to help Cathedral Administrators fulfill Section 12 (2) of the Care of Cathedrals Measure 2011. It does not form part of the Care of Cathedrals Rules.  Other forms are reproduced under the terms of Crown Copyright Policy Guidance issued by HMSO.

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Festival Churches: Mission and Community

The Diocese of Sheffield and the Association of Festival Churches invite all those concerned with the care and imaginative use of churches to a day conference. This will be especially relevant to Diocesan Officers and senior clergy as well as incumbents, churchwardens and PCC members who are considering alternative patterns of worship, and how their church might widen its appeal to the local community.

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