Thirteen cathedrals have been awarded grants totalling nearly half a million pounds
£350,000 will be awarded from the Cathedral Fabric Repair Fund, a partnership between the Wolfson Foundation, the Pilgrim Trust and the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England (CFCE), all organisations with long records of supporting England's historic church buildings and their contents. Over the past three years the Fund has awarded more than £2.4 million for essential and urgent works to keep cathedrals weatherproof and watertight, including major re-roofing and stonework repairs.
A further £149,500 of cathedral grant funding is being awarded under the Cathedral Amenities Fund, a Church of England fund which makes grants for improvements to the setting of ancient cathedrals and greater churches. The grants will assist in conserving the ruins of the Infirmary Chapel at Canterbury Cathedral, improving the west end surroundings of Bristol Cathedral and repairing the Edgar Tower Gate at Worcester Cathedral.
The backers of the Cathedral Fabric Repair Fund hope to see additional supporters joining the scheme so that it will continue into the future. It has been estimated that England’s cathedrals need more than £10 million pounds a year simply for their routine care and maintenance – and they receive no direct government funding.
This year’s 10 successful applicants were Birmingham, Coventry, Exeter, Liverpool, Norwich, Peterborough, Salisbury, Southwark and St Albans cathedrals and York Minster.