£140,000 government grant for Chichester Cathedral

Chichester Cathedral
Chichester Cathedral

CHICHESTER Cathedral is in line for a cash windfall after the government announced a grant of £140,000.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has dished out around £5m for repair work to cathedrals all over the country.

Chichester is set to receive £140,000 to replace the roof of the north-west tower, home to the Sailors’ Chapel.

Ruth Poyner, cathedral spokeswoman, said: “We are delighted to receive this grant of £140,000.

“Chichester is one of a reducing number of English cathedrals that does not charge for entry so grants like this are extremely important to us.

“The cathedral costs £3,000 a day to maintain and is over 900 years old; this money will enable us to make the north-west tower roof waterproof and repair the damage done by water ingress.”

Ruth said the ‘urgent repairs’ to the roof followed various temporary repairs in recent years to fix leaks.

The cathedral is looking to recover the whole of the tower’s roof to provide a ‘permanent and long-lasting solution’.

The £140,000 will also go towards repairing water damage to the stonework and timbers.

The grant comes from the department’s first world war centenary cathedral repair fund.

Twenty-one other cathedrals around England are receiving grants to make repairs.

Culture secretary Sajid Javid said: “We are ensuring these magnificent buildings are preserved for future generations so they continue to serve their communities and congregations.

“This fund is just one part of the government’s preparations to ensure the UK is ready to remember and mark the heroic sacrifice so many made a century ago.”

A spokeswoman from the department added: “The fund was announced in the 2014 budget 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 when the nation comes together to commemorate the centenary of the first world war.”

The fund pot’s total is £20m. This marked the first round of funding allocations and will be followed by two more.

The next round will close in September, 2014, with the final round closing in January, 2015.

Chichester Cathedral is planning a programme of restoration projects over the next ten years, which is estimated to cost many millions of pounds.