News: Financial Boost for Weather Battered Cathedral

Guildford Cathedral is thrilled to announce its success in the final round of the Government's First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund which supports vital repairs to some of England’s most important historic buildings.

A grant of £500,000 has been awarded to reroof and repair the tower and transepts of Guildford Cathedral. The announcement follows the Cathedral’s recent success with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and represents a further vital step towards saving the Cathedral and transforming the Stag Hill site.

We are truly delighted by this announcement which recognises the importance of protecting Guildford Cathedral as one of the most important 20th century buildings in Britain and safe guarding its role within the community as a hub of spirituality, culture, music, education and social activity.

This generous and timely grant is a positive step towards enabling Guildford Cathedral to address the ongoing maintenance requirements of protecting this iconic Grade II* listed building

The Very Reverend Dianna Gwilliams, Dean of Guildford

 

The impact of water penetration has clearly been felt over recent winters with damage to fabrics, fittings and equipment visible within Guildford Cathedral.

This award will enable us to undertake urgent work to address the challenges of water penetration caused by the Cathedral’s elevated and exposed location and compounded by its brickwork and copper construction

Matt O’Grady, Director of Operations

Work will commence on site in work in the summer of 2105 for a period of 12 months and will complement the internal repairs planned as part of the HLF grant. Guildford Cathedral will remain open during this time and the public are encouraged to come and see the transformation in progress and learn more about the heritage of this wonderful building.   

Guildford Cathedral is one of 31 cathedrals receiving grants of between £12,000 and £800,000 for essential and urgent repairs ranging from repairs to roofs and stonework through to complete re-wiring.

 

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Added Thursday 26th March 2015