A cathedral is often the most historic and architecturally important building in its city. Cathedrals attract some 12 million visitors a year, and nearly 2 million people attend arts events and civic occasions in these buildings. They bring some £200 million a year into local economies. Cathedrals – most of them Grade I listed – need to spend more than £10 million a year simply for their routine care and maintenance.
Our specialist support ensures these buildings and their unique treasures are preserved for future generations and displayed at heart of local communities
The gallery on the right shows how we assisted Norwich Cathedral. A grant of £60,000 enabled Norwich Cathedral to re-roof St Luke's Chapel. The Chapel, constructed in the late 11th to early 12th century, is part of the earliest phase of the Cathedral building. Commenting on the project, the Dean of Norwich, The Very Revd Graham Smith said, "We are most grateful for this grant which has allowed the Dean and Chapter to address this long-standing problem. St Luke's Chapel roof had been patch repaired for a number of years. It is reassuring to know that this job has now been properly attended to."
No-one has greater responsibility for England's built heritage than the Church of England and yet (with the exception of grants to reduce the VAT on repairs to historic churches) no taxpayer's money goes into funding these historic buildings. The English Cathedrals Fund is a registered charity (Charity Number 1148698) that supports cathedrals with conservation projects. Our work relies on the generous support from individuals.
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The English Cathedrals Fund is administered by the staff at the Cathedral and Church Buildings Division, which takes no administrative charges. All donations go directly to cathedrals where the need is the greatest.
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