Lincoln Cathedral raising money for St Hugh turret repairs

Lincoln Cathedral is working to raise £500,000 to complete work on the 800-year-old St Hugh’s Spire, which was originally built using donations from local residents.

The cathedral has been hosting special turret tours on Friday for a chance to see St Hugh underneath the scaffolding, and likely the last tours of the turret for the next century.

It will cost £2.5 million to finish both turrets, and so far resident donations have totalled £800,000. The extra £500,000 is needed for cleaning, repairing, cutting and carving new stones.

Fund Development Manager Sally Crawford said: “The cathedral was built as a result of the whole community working together and the result is there for everyone to see. We need the community’s help again.”

Several local businesses have been supporting the fund raising efforts at the cathedral throughout the day and anyone can get involved with a free fundraising pack from Lincoln Cathedral’s website, via email or by calling 01522 561614.

The Lincolnite went on a turret tour on Friday to bring you the views from St Hugh’s.

Here are a pair of stonemasons, dressed up for the occasion!

A new Jubilee celebration ornament, which will be added to the turret