Tuesday, 01 December 2015

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£195,000 grant to repair Carlisle Cathedral

Carlisle Cathedral has been given a £195,000 grant for repairs to the landmark building.

Mark Boyling photo
Mark Boyling

The cash will be handed out as part of a First World War Centenary fund for work at cathedrals across England.

Money will be spent on the conservation and repair of masonry to the Cathedral’s south porch, it was announced today.

The stonework dates back to the 1850’s and the Dean of Carlisle Mark Boyling said that the repairs to the cathedral’s main public entrance have needed doing for some time.

“This is a really important project for us as everyone who comes into the building sees the decayed decorative stone just above the main door. The money will allow that to be replaced with a really high quality carving,” he said.

“It has been something that’s needed doing for around 20 years as it has been held in position by something like chicken wire, which has been really disfiguring.

“We have wanted to do it for a long time but other things have always been more urgent.”

The news was revealed as Culture Secretary Sajid Javid said cathedrals across England would receive almost £5m for urgent repairs in the first round of grants from this fund.

It was set up in April, with the Government saying it was in recognition of “the powerful symbol our cathedrals are of Britain’s shared history”.

Ministers also spoke of the “significant role they will play when the nation comes together to commemorate the centenary of World War One”.

Twenty two cathedrals across England received cash.

Mr Javid said: “We are ensuring these magnificent buildings are preserved for future generations so they continue to serve their communities and congregations.

“This fund is just one part of the Government’s preparations to ensure the UK is ready to remember and mark the heroic sacrifice so many made a century ago.”

Sir Paul Ruddock, chairman of the First World War Centenary Cathedral fund, added: “Cathedrals are a hugely important part of England’s heritage.”

Work on the installation of the new masonry will start around Easter next year.


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