The final phase of a two year grants programme to English cathedrals, from First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund, for urgent repairs was announced recently.
Grants totalling £5,423,000 have been awarded to 24 Church of England and Catholic cathedrals for repairs including stained glass windows, stone pinnacles, and roofs as well as drainage and lighting.
As part of this latest grant which shows the governments support for Cathedrals and recognises the importance of these historic buildings as community hubs, Worcester Cathedral will receive £40,000 for damp investigation and remediation to the St George’s Chapel.
The Chapel is where Worcester remembers local people who died in war. A memorial to local WWI hero Revd Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy (Woodbine Willie) is also in the St George Chapel.
Over the last two years, Worcester Cathedral has received a total of £877,000 from this grant scheme, enabling restoration work to be done to the medieval Library ceiling, the East Window and the Great West Window which is currently undergoing conservation work.
Dr John Inge, Bishop of Worcester and lead bishop for the Church of England, said: "Cathedrals are not only the jewel in the crown of our built heritage, they are at the heart of our nation’s common life – through commemoration, remembering, celebration and grief. People can find space and solace in them, both in large acts of worship and solitary contemplation. These welcome grants ensure that they continue to enrich our society in the future."
The Church of England's 42 cathedrals are estimated to contribute around £220 million to the national economy every year through employment and tourism. They welcome more than 11 million visitors annually, employ more than 7,000 people and are supported by 15,000 dedicated volunteers.