Cathedral awarded £100k fabric repair grant

Lincoln Cathedral is one of only a handful of cathedrals to receive a repair grant from the Cathedral Fabric Repair Fund.

The £100,000 grant, given to only 10 cathedrals across the country, will be used for roof and gutter repairs for the North West Transept East Elevation High Level Gutter.

During heavy rainfall the current gutters leak, due to being rotten. Work on the gutters and roof will commence in 2012.

The cost of roof and gutter repair, will be around £223,000, though the other £123,000 will come from various fundraising activities.

The Very Reverend Philip Buckler, Dean of Lincoln, said: “We are delighted to have been included once more among the cathedrals which have been awarded grants.

“Our works programme is never ending and so grant funding is essential to keep the repair and maintenance plan on track for this fine but vulnerable building.

“We are one of the few English Cathedrals that still directly employs a highly skilled Works Department.

“This grant award will help to keep these skills alive.”

The fund comes from a partnership of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England (CFCE), Wolfson Foundation, and the Pilgrim Trust, due to each group’s history of each cathedral.

Georgina Nayler, Director, The Pilgrim Trust, said: “The Pilgrim Trust has been contributing towards the repair of our beautiful and important Cathedrals for nearly 82 years.

“We are delighted to be part of the Cathedral Fabric Repair Fund and to be working in partnership with the CFCE and the Wolfson Foundation to continue our support.”

Source: Lincoln Cathedral