St Albans Cathedral Awarded Vital Funds
St Albans Cathedral to benefit from First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund
St Albans Cathedral has been granted £230,000 by the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund to carry out vital repair works to its ancient stone work.
In total, thirty-nine Church of England and Catholic Cathedrals in England have been awarded grants totalling £14.5 million for urgent repairs. This is the second phase of grants awarded by the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund which was set up by government to ensure that Cathedral buildings are waterproof and weathertight, and in good shape for the commemorations of the First World War Centenary in which they are playing a key part.
The Dean of St Albans, the Very Rev’d Dr Jeffrey John, said, “We are extremely grateful to the government for making these vital funds available. As we embark upon a major development project to improve facilities for all our visitors, it is hugely reassuring to know that essential maintenance work can be carried out to help us keep our Grade 1 listed Cathedral in good condition for future generations.”
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Karen Bradley said: "Cathedrals are powerful symbols of Britain's shared history. They are important not only for their architecture and heritage, but also for the vital role they play in local communities. I am delighted that the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund will ensure that these wonderful cathedrals remain in a good state of repair and are preserved for future generations."
The Church of England's cathedrals are estimated to contribute around £220 million to the national economy every year through employment and tourism. They welcome more than 11 million visitors annually, employ more than 7,000 people and are supported by 15,000 dedicated volunteers.