Culture Secretary Sajid Javid announced today that, Arundel, Canterbury, Chichester, Portsmouth and Rochester cathedrals are among those from across England receiving almost £8million for urgent repairs in the second round of grants from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repair Fund.
31 cathedrals across England will now be able to fix leaking roofs, repair stained glass windows and spires, and carry out many other important works, making the total number of cathedrals receiving funding through the programme 41.
Arundel Cathedral will receive £200,000 for window repairs, Canterbury Cathedral will receive £150,000 for repairs to the north-west transept, and Chichester Cathedral will get £100,000 to replace part of its roof. Portsmouth Cathedral will be able to undertake repairs to its tower and south transept with a grant of £594,783, and Rochester Cathedral will receive £153,000 to repair its roof.
The fund was announced in Budget 2014, and set up in April this year in recognition of the powerful symbol our cathedrals are of Britain’s shared history, as well as the significant role they will play throughout the commemorations of the centenary of the First World War.
Visiting Portsmouth Cathedral which is to receive nearly £600,000.
The £20million Cathedral Repairs Fund was announced by the Chancellor in the Budget 2014. Grants will allow cathedrals to undertake urgent repair work, including keeping the building wind-proof, weather-tight, safe and open to the public, and preventing further deterioration of the building. This is the second round of funding allocations and will be followed by one more. The final round will close in January 2015.
Rochester Cathedral is to receive £3.5m from the Lottery for a mammoth revamp of its facilities. David Johns reports, talking to Mark Beach, Dean of the Cathedral, and Stuart McLeod from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Rochester Cathedral has been awarded more than £3.5million by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The money will go towards creating and running exhibitions and workshops in the crypt and library.
The cash boost will also mean that people will have access to parts of the Cathedral that they have not seen before. David Johns reports.
Interviewees: Mark Beach the Dean of Rochester, and Stuart McLeod from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
More than a thousand children from 30 primary schools in Kent have been singing carols at Rochester Cathedral. If you missed our report from earlier this week, catch up with our correspondent Sarah Saunders here.