Lincoln Cathedral secures £300k repairs funding

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Lincoln Cathedral is among those across England to benefit from a share of almost £8 million government funding for urgent repairs.

The grant, totalling £300,000, is in the second round from the First World War Centenary Repair Fund. It will go towards repairs to the north west transept triforium roof.

The team at Lincoln Cathedral say the total cost of the Triforium roof project is £315,000.

This project will see the re-leading of the Triforium roof to prevent further leaking in the future. This is an issue which has been identified as an area of concern for some time.

The work is due to begin in November 2014. The first phase involves renewing the lead roof to two bays of the North West Transept triforium, plus the initial stages of work to the third bay.

This phase of work will be completed by October 2015.

The fund was announced by the Chancellor in the Budget 2014 and was set up in April to recognise the commemorative role Britain’s cathedrals will play in marking the beginning of the First World War.

In the first round, Lincoln Cathedral received £395,000 towards vital north west turret refurbishments.

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid announced on Monday, October 27, the 31 cathedrals across the country to benefit from the next funding instalment.

The final round of grants will close in January 2015.

The Very Reverend Philip Buckler, Dean of Lincoln, said: “We are most grateful to have secured an additional £300,000 from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Grant.

“There is still much work ahead, to build on this funding and support the work of maintaining this magnificent building.

“We are, as ever, grateful to all our benefactors who support the Cathedral.”

Sir Paul Ruddock, Chair of the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund expert panel and Chairman of the Victoria & Albert Museum, said:

“The appeal of cathedrals is vast and enduring. Every part of English history can be seen somewhere within their walls, and I am delighted that this second round of grant is providing vital support to keep them open for all to enjoy.”

MP for Lincoln Karl McCartney welcomed the government’s announcement. He said: “These announcements are fantastic news for our English cathedrals and will ensure we repair and preserve them appropriately across the country.

“I am, of course, particularly delighted that our own beautiful and historic Cathedral in Lincoln will now receive a grant of £300,000 for repairs to its north west transept triforium roof.

“I will carry on working with Lincoln Cathedral and the local community in my constituency to ensure that we continue to maximise our influence within our Conservative-led government and benefit from funding streams such as these.”