Wakefield gets share of £1m boost for crumbling cathedrals

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Wakefield Cathedral is one of four in Yorkshire to be granted a share of more than £1m in government funding to carry out essential repairs.

The biggest grant, £354,617, went to Ripon Cathedral which will make repairs to the north transept while Wakefield Cathedral will use its £220,000 award to repair the quire and nave roof.

The money, which went to 31 cathedrals in total, including York Minster and Bradford Cathedral, comes from the £20m fund announced in the Budget to maintain cathedrals in recognition of the role they will play in First World War remembrance events.

Chancellor George Osborne said: “Many Britons will have visited a cathedral this summer to attend a remembrance service marking the Great War, and this £8m grant, part of £20m I announced at the last Budget, will ensure that these beautiful and historic buildings remain much-loved places of worship and remembrance for another century to come.

“Our great cathedrals are the envy of the world, bringing many tourists to the cities of UK, so this investment is also great value for taxpayers.”

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Our heritage in this country is precious and unique. We need to do all we can to protect it for future generations.”

Sir Paul Ruddock, Chair of the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund expert panel said: “Every part of English history can be seen somewhere within their walls, and I am delighted that this second round of grant is providing vital support to keep them open for all to enjoy.”

A third and final round of funding allocations will be made next year.

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