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Thursday, 4 August 2016

Conservation cash boost for minster

Benefiting from a major cash injection
 for conservation work ... York Minster.
Vital conservation and repair work will get under way for York Minster after a government sponsored body announced £500,000 of new funding.

The grant is a part of a £14.5 million funding package from the First World War Centenary Repairs Fund.  Forty cathedrals across England will receive grants from £25,000 to more than £800,000 for essential repairs including roofing, stained-glass and stonework.

The announcement is a welcome boost to the next great phase of work already under way at the minster which centres on the 11 bays of the Quire Aisle on the south side of the cathedral.  Funds will also go towards stonework in the Lady Chapel, located directly under the building's Great East Window.

Dean of York Vivienne Faull said: “Cathedrals continue to have a vitally important role in the lives of communities across the country. People come for worship, contemplation and sanctuary, to experience the most exquisite architecture and to sense and measure the immense histories of these buildings against our finite existence.

“This funding acknowledges a shared national responsibility to ensure that our cathedrals will endure for future generations.”

In 2014 and 2015 the First World War Centenary Repairs Fund awarded a total of £300,000 to York Minster for repairs to the stonework and roof of the Camera Cantorum, a two storey structure dating from 1415, which today houses the minster shop and provides rehearsal space for the choristers.

Generations of choristers have been trained in the Camera Cantorum including twelve former choristers and an Alto songman who were all killed on active service in World War One

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