Gloucester Cathedral Honoured by Royal Patronage


Gloucester Cathedral Honoured by Royal Patronage

Thursday 19 October 2017

Gloucester Cathedral is delighted to announce the support of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester as patrons of the second phase of its ambitious programme of development and conservation, Project Pilgrim.

Project Pilgrim aims to bring the Cathedral’s history and religious purpose to life so everyone benefits. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and through the generosity of Trusts and individuals, the first phase of building work is now drawing to completion with a further 18 months of events and activities planned.

The Duke visited the Cathedral earlier today to see the progress for himself. The visit included tours of the scaffolding surrounding the medieval Lady Chapel (currently undergoing conservation) and the landscaping works which will transform the Cathedral’s former car park into a beautiful and accessible public space in the heart of the City.

His Royal Highness also had the opportunity to meet with some of the key people involved in bringing the project to life. This included the Cathedral’s trainee stonemasons, one of whom was recently Highly Commended in the Duke of Gloucester Award for Excellence in Stonemasonry.

The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester said:

“We are honoured to have the support of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester both for their interest in Project Pilgrim and especially their patronage of Phase 2.

Our plans for the future include developing the Cathedral’s educational reach and offer of hospitality, as well as conserving the historic Parliament Rooms and deepening our community engagement.

These are exciting times at Gloucester Cathedral and we are proud to have received Royal acknowledgment for this once-in-a-generation opportunity.”

All building work in the first phase of Project Pilgrim is due to be completed by next spring. The Cathedral is currently developing plans for Phase 2.


For further information please contact:

Anne Cranston, Project Pilgrim Manager

E: T: 07878 506598


Image shows from the left: Pascal Mychalysin, Cathedral Master Mason, HRH The Duke of Gloucester and The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester – Photo by Tony Hickey


About Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral stands at the heart of the city on a site of Christian worship that stretches back fifteen hundred years. As one of the finest medieval buildings in the country, it boasts a variety of architectural styles and is the resting place of King Edward II. Over 400,000 visitors are attracted to the site every year and it is supported by a team of over 450 volunteers.

About Project Pilgrim

Project Pilgrim is a multi-phased ten-year programme:

Project Pilgrim Phase 1

The first phase of the project includes:

  • Transformation of the old car park into a new public space (to be completed by the end of November 2017)
  • Restoration of the Medieval Lady Chapel (to be completed by  the end of November 2017)
  • A new entrance and welcome area (to be completed February 2018)
  • Interpretation throughout the building (due February 2018)
  • Installation of Solar Panels on the Nave Roof (already complete)
  • Improvement to access across the site (to be completed by December 2017)

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Project Pilgrim Phase 2

Whilst still being scoped, the second phase of the project is likely to include:

  • Conservation of the historic Parliament Rooms
  • New visitor facilities, including Coffee Shop, Gift Shop and toilet
  • A new learning, community engagement and exhibition space
  • Restoration of North side landscape, including bio-diversity rich areas
  • Cloister Garth improvements
  • Interpretation and access improvement to the Crypt and Library

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. @heritagelottery


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