£60,000 World War grant to repair Exeter Cathedral’s roof
11th July 2014
Exeter Cathedral has been given a £60,000 grant to repair the lead ‘crestings’ on the top of the roof.
The lead crestings, which are in the shape of fleur de lys and runs along the top of the Cathedral’s wonky roof, is believed to date back hundreds of years.
The money has been given to the Cathedral as part of a government sponsored fund to support vital repairs.
The funding has been made available as part of the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund. Further grants will be awarded later in the two year programme.
Exeter Cathedral will use its grant to repair the lead crestings, which have slipped and need resetting.
Clerk of Works for the Cathedral, Chris Sampson, said: “The fleur de lys crestings are a unique feature of the Cathedral’s roof but over the years the lead has slipped and needs repair. This money will allow us to preserve them and protect the roof against wind and rain damage.”
The Cathedral hopes to bid for more money to repair a chapel in the Cathedral, as part of a later phase of the grant programme.
Visitors can get a bird's eye view of the cresting from the top of the North Tower. Tours run several times a day during the Summer months.