Cathedral stone auction

Cathedral stone auction

**UPDATE **The catalogue can be viewed online at http://www.thecanterburyauctiongalleries.com  For those not able to attend on the day of the sale, it is possible to leave commission bids or bid live online. Please note there is no telephone bidding. Live bidding is through http://www.the-saleroom.com  which can be accessed via a computer, tablet or mobile telephone. Bidders need to register in…
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The Graduation Boys

The Graduation Boys

Congratulations to our newest Cathedral graduates, stonemasons Lewis Bundock and Jake Wood. The two have successfully completed their foundation degree in Personal and Professional Development (Stonemasonry) and joined fellow alumni at a graduation ceremony held in Gloucester Cathedral. The course, which involved study at the Building and Craft College in Stratford and visiting other Cathedrals, is supported by the Cathedral…
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The Great South Window

The Great South Window

As you walk into The Precincts and glance to your right, you will notice scaffolding around the Cathedral’s South West Transept.   What is behind the scaffolding? Hidden behind the scaffolding is The Great South Window: • It was built in the 1420s in Perpendicular Gothic architectural style. • It is the widest window in the Cathedral: 16.76m (55’) high…
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People, passion and pounds

People, passion and pounds

A vicar tells his congregation, “I have good news and bad news. The good news is – we have enough money to pay for the roof restoration. The bad news is – it’s still in your pockets”. This old joke remains true for many churches but for ancient cathedrals like Canterbury, the huge financial burden of upkeep and conservation has…
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Celebrations at the Transept

Celebrations at the Transept

Celebrations were in full swing on Thursday 17 October when staff, supporters and all those involved with restoring the Cathedral’s South East Transept project gathered together to mark the completion of the project. The Very Revd Dr Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury, said a few words of thanks at the ‘topping out’ ceremony and blessed the work while pouring a…
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You’re hired

You’re hired

Jennifer Jordan (28) and Samuel Matthews (27) joined the Cathedral as apprentice stonemasons in September 2008. Through hard work and dedication, they have gained the invaluable knowledge, training, and experience to become talented masons. Our apprentices learn about modern, mechanised methods of masonry; but they all start their training by working stone in a traditional manner, using hand tools. This…
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It’s set in stone

It’s set in stone

A historic moment at Canterbury Cathedral. On Monday 20th May 2013, Cathedral Stonemason Benn Swinfield began the privileged task of adding Archbishop Justin Portal Welby’s name to the wall plaque in St Augustine’s Chapel. The stone list dates back to 1896 and lists all 105 Archbishops of Canterbury. The historic moment marks the first time the Archbishop’s name has been carved…
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Jonathan Foyle Exclusive

Jonathan Foyle Exclusive

The renowned architectural historian and broadcaster Dr Jonathan Foyle will  launch his new book, Architecture of Canterbury Cathedral, at the Cathedral on Thursday 14th March. Described by Lord Williams (Archbishop of Canterbury 2002- 2012) as The beautiful images in this book help us understand the insights that shaped the building. The richly illustrated, 208 page, text provides an fascinating insight…
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Winning ways

Winning ways

Oscars, Emmys, Brits…it’s been the season of awards and we’re proud to announce some outstanding winners of our own! The Cathedral Lodge scooped the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce Award for Excellence in Customer Service, whilst Apprentice Stonemason Sam Matthews was presented with a City and Guilds Gold Medal of Excellence. It was the first time the Cathedral Lodge had…
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