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Cathedrals get grants to fund repairs

11 July 2014

STUART WALKER

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TWENTY-TWO cathedrals will be given a total of £4.7 million by the Government, to pay for repairs. This is part of its First World War centenary programme.

In March, the Chancellor, George Osborne, announced a £20-million fund for cathedral repairs (News, 21 March), and the first tranche of grants was revealed on Tuesday. Eighteen Church of England and four Roman Catholic cathedrals will benefit from grants of up to £535,000.

The rest of the fund will be allocated over the next two years. The chairman of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England, Frank Field MP, said: "Through this move the Government has offered taxpayers the most public and tangible way to remember the sacrifices of the dead and wounded in the Great War. English cathedrals embody much of the image of England the men and women took to the Front, and for which they risked their lives."

Among the larger grants announced this week were £438,000 to St Albans Cathedral for stonework repairs; £325,000 to Southwark Cathedral, to repair gutters on the nave and the nave aisle; and £535,000 to Derby Cathedral for new heating and lighting.

Carlisle Cathedral is to receive £195,000 for conservation and repair of masonry of the South Porch.

 

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