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'Glaaaawster' Gargoyle takes pride of place on Gloucester Cathedral....

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'Glaaaawster' Gargoyle takes pride of place on Gloucester Cathedral....

The Gloucester Gargoyle was hoisted sixty feet to its new home on the North Ambulatory of Gloucester Cathedral.

The ‘Glaaaawster’ Gargoyle is the first of six new gargoyles designed by the Cathedral’s Master Mason, Pascal Mychalysin, to represent a different region of the County: Gloucester, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury, Stroud, Cotswolds and the Forest of Dean. Each gargoyle reflects local traditions and heritage, and when it came to Gloucester, there was only one choice - a rugby player! 

A team of three Cathedral stonemasons installed the gargoyle, weighing half a tonne, using exactly the same method as would have been used in medieval times but with modern chain and tackle, rather than a rope and wooden wheel.  

Ecclesiastical Insurance Group (EIG), a Gloucester based company, generously sponsored the Gloucester themed gargoyle with a £15,000 donation.

 

Cathedral Master Mason, Pascal Mychalysin, said:

“For the first time in 600 years, gargoyles will be lifted back to the top of the Cathedral North Side where they will once again grace the skyline with their fantastic shapes, gurgling out all the rainwater from the Cathedral‘s roofs.  We are delighted to introduce these iconic figures which will spark the imaginations of visitors with their fantastic and lively appearance.”

 

Chris Pitt, Corporate Responsibility Manager at Ecclesiastical said:

“As the UK's leading insurer of Grade I listed buildings, we’re passionate about protecting Britain’s heritage. We believe it is crucial to invest in crafts skills including stonemasonry to preserve historic buildings for the future. It’s been a privilege to support this exciting restoration project and we’re delighted to see the finished gargoyle installed at Gloucester Cathedral.

From an insurer’s perspective gargoyles have a practical purpose – keeping water flowing away from the building to protect it. So this is an investment in the future health and sustainability of Gloucester Cathedral which is well worth making.” 

 

This is only the second time in living history that new gargoyles have been created for the Cathedral.  Built to last hundreds of years, they will serve as reminder of the support and generosity of the local community in helping to conserve this remarkable building for future generations.

The remaining gargoyles will be installed on the Cathedral in the coming months. 

 

ENDS

For further information please contact:

Sandie Conway
Communications Officer
01452 508219
sandie.conway@gloucestercathedral.org.uk

 

Notes for Editors

About Ecclesiastical Insurance

Owned by a registered charity, Allchurches Trust, Ecclesiastical is a specialist insurer of the faith, heritage, fine art, charities, education and private client sectors. Ecclesiastical is one of the UK’s top five company givers to charity according to the 2017-18 UK Guide to Company Giving. After donating £50m to charity in three years, Ecclesiastical launched a bold vision in 2016 to raise £100m for good causes by the end of 2020. In March 2019, the Group announced it had already raised £64 million towards its target. Find out more at www.ecclesiastical.com/ourstory 

About the North Ambulatory

An architectural masterpiece crafted in the Romanesque style, the Ambulatory dates to the very origins of the 900-year-old Norman Abbey. In this part of the building you will find the tomb of King Edward II and the Memorial Chapel, honouring the County’s war dead. Currently the Cathedral’s most pressing focus for repair, the stonework requires urgent conservation to ensure it is water-tight and weatherproof.

About the Living Stones Campaign

Alongside the gargoyle sponsorship appeal, Gloucester Cathedral has launched a fundraising campaign encouraging supporters to sponsor their own Cathedral stone. The ‘Living Stones’ appeal aims to raise funds towards a £530,000 project to restore one of the oldest parts of the building, the North Ambulatory.

For a minimum donation of £25.00, supporters will be allocated their own stone which will be conserved as part of the project. In return, they will receive a certificate and a plan showing exactly where it is located.

Donations can be made online at: www.gloucestercathedral/support/livingstones


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