Work to repair and further conserve a lesser known area of Canterbury Cathedral can now go ahead following the award of a £250,000 grant.
Canterbury is one of 32 cathedrals to receive a share of the £14.5 million from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund, set up to help cathedrals to keep buildings weather-proof and open to the public.
The Canterbury money will be used to repair the roof of the first-floor Library Corridor. This is on the north side of the building near the Water Tower (pictured) and was built in the 12th century to enable monks to walk at night from their dormitory to Anselm’s Quire. It is known that it was completed by 1130 for the new Cathedral’s consecration
The corridor still plays a very important role in Cathedral life. It now connects the Cathedral’s Archives and Library to the Quire and is served by a lift, meaning that visitors and worshippers with disabilities can get to these important areas.
The work, which has been approved by the Cathedral’s Fabric Advisory Committee, will involve replacing the lead on the roof, repairing the timber structure and replacing gutters and extending gutters to better cope with more extreme rainfall.
The Cathedral’s Receiver General, John Meardon said: “The announcement that the Cathedral is to receive this money is very welcome. The roof has been patch repaired over the years but there are areas where there are no gutters and water is causing considerable damage to the structure.”
The work will begin as soon as possible using scaffolding currently in place for the work on the Cathedral’s North West Transept.
Following the announcement Dame Fiona Reynolds, Chair of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England, said: “Cathedrals which benefitted from the first phase of this fund have been repaired and refurbished, and staff and volunteers have time and resources to serve their cities and regions with renewed energy.
“It is fantastic that more cathedrals are now able to benefit from this scheme. England’s cathedrals are a wonderfully diverse group, encompassing not only vast, world-famous medieval buildings such as Durham, Lincoln and Canterbury, but also smaller churches like Wakefield and Leicester.”