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Cathedral to receive grant of almost £400k

10 July 2014

Lincoln to share in First World War Centenary Repairs Grant fund

Lincoln Cathedral is to receive a government grant of £395,000 towards restoration and conservation work.

The news follows the Chancellor of the Exchequer's budget announcement in March of a total of £20-million towards the cost of repairs to cathedral buildings. The grant has been awarded by the government under a fund set up as part of its commemoration of the centenary of the First World War.

The money will go towards vital work on the North West Turret, which is part of a five-year project costing an estimated £2.5 million in total.

The Dean of Lincoln, the Very Revd Philip Buckler, said: "We are very grateful for this funding, and to our many benefactors who give generously of their time, money and resources for the mission, ministry and outreach of the Cathedral.

"We continue to work hard to raise the necessary funds to support the constant work of maintaining this magnificent building for future generations."

In 2009, a conservation abseil inspection confirmed that centuries of exposure to the weather had caused severe deterioration to the Turrets, and that a substantial amount of repair work would be necessary. Work began in 2011 and the project is at its half-way point. Visitors will notice that the work on the South West Turret is almost complete, and that scaffolding work is in progress on the North side.

The Cathedral's Works Department team will carry out conservation cleaning and the replacement of stones and carvings irretrievably damaged by weathering. The statue of the Swineherd of Stow at the pinnacle has inspired the theme for the restoration of the North West Turret.

Lincoln is one of 22 English cathedrals to share in £4.7-million awarded through the first phase of grants. Further grants from the £20-million fund will be awarded over the rest of the two year programme. 

Rt Hon Frank Field MP, chairman of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England, said: “Through this move the Government has offered taxpayers the most public and tangible way they can 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."