We are also delighted to announce a grant award of £250,000 from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repair Fund towards our next major project, perhaps the biggest restoration challenge faced by the Cathedral in the last 20 years, which is now clear after a survey into the condition of the high roofs. This survey, completed earlier in 2016, has confirmed the restoration and conservation requirement, plus estimated costs, of these nationally significant roof structures. A combination of original 13th century and Victorian roof structures that will require around £5 million, with the roof in most urgent need, the Quire, requiring some £1.3 million alone. We thank the Department for Culture, Media & Sport for this award which will enable us to start this incredibly important restoration and conservation effort in late 2017.
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.
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