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Gloucester Cathedral Receives £80,000 Boost from The Wolfson Foundation

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Gloucester Cathedral Receives £80,000 Boost from The Wolfson Foundation to Save Heritage at Risk

The Wolfson Foundation has generously awarded an £80,000 grant to help Gloucester Cathedral secure the future of one of the oldest parts of the building, the North Ambulatory.

Dating back to the very origins of the Norman Abbey, the North Ambulatory contains the tomb of King Edward II, as well as the Memorial Chapel honouring the County’s war dead. After almost 1,000 years, the exterior stonework is at great risk, with significant portions of masonry decaying or missing altogether.

Defined as the Cathedral’s most pressing focus for repair, a £530,000 project was launched in October 2018 to ensure the Ambulatory remains water-tight and weather-proof. Much of the work is being completed by the Cathedral’s skilled team of stonemasons, including designing, carving and installing six new gargoyles and eleven pinnacles – restoring one of Gloucester’s most iconic skylines.

To help generate funds for the project a public campaign titled Living Stones was launched in spring 2019, enabling hundreds of individual donors to sponsor their own stone and raising over £100,000. The Wolfson Foundation Grant brings the total raised to £460,000.

The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester said:

“We are thrilled that The Wolfson Foundation has awarded the Cathedral such a significant grant. Thanks to their generous endorsement - as well as the remarkable support we have received from other donors - we can now complete the project with confidence, ensuring that this extraordinary building remains open for current and future generations.”

Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation said:

“Gloucester Cathedral is one of the country’s most important buildings. We are particularly delighted to be funding the Romanesque glories of the North Ambulatory. Through the tomb of Edward II, this space also has a direct link to our medieval history. Cathedrals are important, public buildings – and need philanthropic support. We are glad to be part of a partnership with many others through Living Stones.”

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For more press information contact:

Gloucester Cathedral
Aileen Ravey
Development & Communications Assistant
01452 689799
aileen.ravey@gloucestercathedral.org.uk

The Wolfson Foundation
Amanda Thomson, Communications & Events Manager
020 7323 6134
Amanda.Thomson@wolfson.org.uk

 

Notes for editors

About the Wolfson Foundation
The Wolfson Foundation is an independent charity that supports and promotes excellence in the fields of science, health, education and the arts and humanities. Since it was established in 1955, over £900 million (£1.9 billion in real terms) has been awarded to more than 11,000 projects throughout the UK, all on the basis of expert review.
Twitter: @wolfsonfdn

 

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 and contains the tomb of King Edward II, as well as the Memorial Chapel honouring the County’s war dead. After almost 1,000 years, the exterior stonework is at great risk, with significant portions of masonry decaying or missing altogether.

About the Gargoyles
Six new gargoyles have been created for the North Ambulatory by Master Mason, Pascal Mychalysin, and are at various stages of creation by the Cathedral stonemasons.  This is only the second time in living history this has happened. Each gargoyle represents a different area of the county: A rugby player for Gloucester, a freeminer for the Forest of Dean, a suffragette for Stroud, a cheeseroller for Tewkesbury, a jockey for Cheltenham and a sheep shearer for the Cotswolds. Four of the gargoyles have already been generously sponsored by local individuals and companies. Two gargoyles representing Gloucester and The Forest of Dean have been installed on the North Ambulatory and the remaining four will join them by September 2020.

About the Living Stones Campaign
Gloucester Cathedral launched a fundraising campaign encouraging supporters to sponsor their own Cathedral stone. The ‘Living Stones’ appeal aimed 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 are allocated their own stone which will be conserved as part of the project. In return, they 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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