English Heritage/Wolfson fund cathedral roof repairs

English Heritage and social charity the Wolfson Foundation announced grants of £143,000 to Manchester Cathedral and £50,000 to Liverpool Cathedral to fund roof repairs.

Manchester will see the replacement of the old lead roof over the South Aisle which is beginning to split. It marks the first phase in the repairs to the roof of the cathedral.

In Liverpool, the grant will help fund vital repairs to the copper roofs on the Nave and on the Lady Chapel, both of which have suffered from their exposure to high winds.

Henry Owen John, English Heritage's North West regional director, said: "The region's cathedrals are landmark buildings in every sense of the word, but keeping them in good repair is a massive challenge. Working with the Wolfson Foundation, we are playing our part in securing their place at the heart of our great cities. "

The jointly funded Cathedral Grants Scheme awarded a total of £2.6m towards the repair of 23 cathedrals across England.

The Wolfson Foundation was set up in 1955 to fund work in the fields of science and technology, medical research and health, education and the arts, and currently allocates £37m a year.

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