14 December 2010
A new £500,000 fund for cathedral fabric repairs today announced
that six successful cathedrals (out of 18 applicants) are to
receive grants towards major projects costing a total of more than
£4.5 million. The successful applicants are Durham, Ely,
Lichfield, Lincoln, Rochester and York.
The scheme has also been extended to a further £1 million over
the next two years, as the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England
(CFCE) and the Wolfson Foundation invite other grant-making bodies
to join the fund.
The Rt Hon Frank Field MP, Chairman of CFCE, said: "Here is the
first positive move showing that the Big Society is stepping up to
the table as Government withdraws some of its funding. These
handsome grants are entirely due to the generosity of the Wolfson
Foundation, as part of its charitable support of excellence in the
fields of science and medicine, health, education and the arts and
"Cathedrals not only have to find the necessary funds to
maintain some of England's most architecturally and historically
significant buildings, but 2009 was the last year of English
Heritage's 19-year-old ring-fenced Cathedrals Grant Scheme."
Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation,
said: "Cathedrals are the most significant buildings within
England's wonderful architectural heritage. The Wolfson Foundation
is glad to be involved in maintaining them for current and future
Janet Gough, Director, Cathedrals and Church Buildings Division,
Archbishops' Council, added: "Given the demand for funding for
fabric repairs to cathedrals, we are thrilled that the Wolfson
Foundation has agreed to extend the scheme for a further two
years. We continue in conversation with other funding bodies
with a view to attracting further participants to this important
The successful applicants
Durham Great Kitchen - New Lead-lined Outer Roof
Cost 135,000.00 Grant 80,000.00
Ely North Transept - Stonework and Roof Repairs
Cost 278,000.00 Grant 100,000.00
Lichfield Lady Chapel - Stonework Repairs
(in conjunction with conservation of Herkenrode Glass)
Cost 3,690,000.00 Grant 100,000.00
Lincoln South East Transept Triforium - Roof Repairs
Cost 219,550.00 Grant 100,000.00
Rochester Chapter Room/Library - Roof Repairs
Cost 215,000.00 Grant 100,000.00
York Nave - Roof Repair
Cost 39,220.00 Grant 20,000.00
Cathedrals were required to obtain matched funding.
The CFCE is a statutory body, with both regulatory and advisory
functions. It draws together many of the country's most
respected experts in their particular fields, who give generously
of their time on a voluntary basis. Its Annual Review for 2009 is
The Wolfson Foundation is a charity established in 1955 to
support excellence, generally through the funding of capital
infrastructure in the fields of science and medicine, health,
education and the arts and humanities. The Foundation's
endowment is currently some £725 million, with an annual allocation
of approximately £35 million. By 2010 more than £600 million had
been awarded in grants (in excess of £1 billion in real terms).
Over 8,000 projects have been funded.
Eligibility Anglican cathedrals in England with some
Pre-Reformation fabric. Grants are for major repairs to
historic fabric (eg stonework and roofs).
Works required prior approval from either the Cathedrals Fabric
Commission (CFCE) or the local Fabric Advisory Committee.
Expert Panel Grant applications were considered by an
Expert Panel, made up of CFCE nominations, representatives of the
Wolfson Foundation and others, including architects with experience
of large scale historic fabric repairs and experts from related