Welcome to the work of Chichester Cathedral Restoration & Development Trust

Aerial view of the Cathedral

Our largest fundraising challenge yet  . . .  a £5.8 million pound roof appeal

January 2018 saw the start of what is thought to be Chichester Cathedral's largest restoration project in its 900 year history - the urgent repair, restoration and re-covering of the Cathedral's High Roof.  The project is estimated to cost £5.8 million.  The Cathedral receives no statutory funding or funding from the Church of England.  It is entirely self-supporting, relying wholly on donations and fundraising activities for all its restoration projects.

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Chichester Cathedral is the iconic landmark at the heart of the historic city of Chichester.  For over nine hundred years it has withstood the ravages of time, war, flood, famine and vandalism.  Its chapels and cloisters, stained glass and gardens have been revered for may years by residents and visitors alike and we must do everything we can to preserve it for future generations. The building, which is open to all without charge, is a centre for the religious, artistic and cultural life of the community, not only in Chichester but throughout Sussex and beyond, and is a nationally important heritage asset.

A continuing challenge . . .

We think of the Cathedral's legacy as enduring, but there can be no room for complacency over its future.  Few people are entirely aware of the constant effort needed to maintain this majestic building in such a beautiful condition.In order to secure its future for the centuries to come, the Dean & Chapter had the foresight to create the Chichester Cathedral Restoration & Development Trust, on the 1st May 1980.  Since when it has raised millions of pounds, and the Trust's reason for being is as important now as it has ever been.

Enabling free access to all . . .

Unlike some of our European neighbours, English Cathedrals are not state-funded and so, funding for essential restoration and development work must be sourced by other means.  The Trust has worked tirelessly and enthusiastically to preserve the timeless beauty and grace of our Cathedral for over three decades, and hopes to continue to do so for many decades to come. The Dean and Chapter are incredibly proud that they are able to maintain a free entry policy, something many other Cathedrals have been unable to do, and this is in no small part aided by the funding provided by the Trust.

On-going restoration . . .

Looking back over the life of the Trust, it is unlikely that there is any part of the Cathedral, inside or out, that at some point has benefitted from its work.  Naves, transepts, aisles, cloisters, clerestories, spire, towers, organs, all receiving necessary, painstaking and costly restoration effort over the years, and all continuing to require such in the future.  All this, to ensure that this wonderful building can be enjoyed by all and maintain its role as the spiritual home of the Chichester Diocese, and an essential part of the wider community in Chichester and beyond.

News from the Trust

View of the nave roof to the west from the lantern

Recent Projects

We are delighted to report on the completion of several Trust funded projects in 2017/2018.
The restoration of the Western arm of our 15th century Cathedral Cloisters, the final arm to requiring restoration.  Thanks go to our generous supporters who made this possible: First World War Centenary Cathedral Repair Fund, the late Ian Askew, the Julia and Hans Rausing Charitable Trust (on behalf of Lady Helen Broughton), The Headley Trust and the R H Scholes Charitable Trust.
Retiling and repairs to the Vicars Hall roof, an essential asset to the whole Cathedral Community

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Winnie and Piglet - from 2016

2018  Festival of Flowers success

Another spectacular festival saw approximately 14,000 visitors experiencing the Cathedral in this very unique way, at this our 12th festival of national acclaim providing a significant boost to our fund raising efforts.

This stunning display of creative talent and demonstration of spectacular volunteer commitment, raised vital funds towards the essential restoration needs of our Cathedral

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