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Ely Catherdral


24 July 2014

A grant from The Prince of Wales Foundation has enabled vital restoration work at Ely Cathedral to begin.

Following more than 3 years of fundraising and planning, essential work to restore the 11th century North Transept gets underway this week. Over £520,000 was required to complete the works which has been achieved by the generosity of several private donors as well as acceptance of applications to charitable trusts including The Headley Trust and Garfield Weston Foundation.

However, it was only recently that funding was able to be completed thanks to the support of The Prince of Wales Charitable Foundation much of whose income comes from the Duchy Originals line sold in Waitrose and from the profits from tours of the garden at Highgrove. Helen Bright, Director of Development at Ely Cathedral, is grateful to the Foundation for their funding. "We are delighted that the appeal has reached completion thanks to the support of The Prince of Wales Charitable Foundation and HRH The Prince of Wales. This has enabled us to move forward with the vital repair and conservation of the whole North Transept area ensuring its longevity and viability for hundreds of years"

The North Transept represents the earliest surviving parts of the current building and dates back to the 1080s. The need for essential repairs was first identified in the Cathedral's five yearly Quinquennial Inspection in 2011 and the damage has already caused stone weakening and cracking in the main structure and the pinnacles. In addition to the major masonry repairs there is also a need to replace roofing, gutters and downpipes which are currently causing water damage both internally and externally.

The contract was awarded to Fairhurst Ward Abbots who were the lowest tenderer and have successfully completed previous restoration projects on the Cathedral. The works are expected to continue until February 2015.


For further information contact Lesley Ann Thompson, Director of Communications, Ely Cathedral on 01353 660350.