Project information

The Turret Restoration Campaign (Southwest Turret)

To secure the long-term future of the West Front Turrets and ensure the building remains accessible and open to the public. This vital work will be carried out by the Cathedral's stone masons and conservators.

April 2010 - September 2013

Charity information: Lincoln Cathedral

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  • Need


    Following a hard frost in 2007, decorative stone broke away from the turrets; some were large enough to pose a hazard to public safety.

    A structural survey discovered cracks and crumbling areas of stonework requiring urgent attention. It became apparent substantial repairs were necessary to protect the future of the West Front turrets.


    This project will ensure the damaged stonework on the southwest turret is cleaned, repaired and replaced as appropriate. All the work will be carried out by our 30 strong works team, which comprises stonemasons, conservators, joiners, lead workers and glaziers.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Conservation of the stonework on the southwest turret


    » Saving original stonework using mortar repairs
    » Cleaning stonework using the appropriate conservation techniques
    » Replacing a large number of stones, many of which requiring carving to follow the decorative pattern of the mouldings and capitals.

    What success will look like

    Success will be completing this work to the high standard which a building of this calibre demands.

  • Impact


    This project will secure the long-term survival of the turret.

    Success will be demonstrated by the turret only requiring limited maintenance for the next 100 years, and by ensuring the west front remains accessible to visitors.


    If the adequate funds are not raised then the work (which is ongoing) will have to be covered by the Cathedral's dwindling reserves; this will potentially jeopardise delivery of our other core activities.


    Donors who provide us with their details will be sent information about the progress of the project. There will also be opportunities to visit the masons' workshop and the turret to see the work being undertaken.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,250,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £597,000 Labour Directly employed by Lincoln Cathedral
      £233,000 Labour Sub-contractors and contractors
      £140,000 Fees Professional advisors
      £280,000 Materials Plant hire, equipment, scaffolding

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    English Heritage £250,000 Conditional
    J P Getty £150,000 Guaranteed
    Fabric Fund Council £100,000 Guaranteed
    Public/General contributions £116,016 Guaranteed
    Legacies £100,000 Guaranteed
    Business sponsorship £11,284 Guaranteed
    Headley Trust £50,000 Guaranteed
    Association of Friends £25,000 Guaranteed
    Other trust income £15,959 Guaranteed
    Other donations £9,150 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The West Front of Lincoln Cathedral is widely recognised as one of the finest historic façades in England. Constructed in the early 13th century, the turrets frame the entrance and help pin the façade in place.


    Visitors to the Cathedral, local residents and those working/training in traditional craft skills.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Lincoln Cathedral is best placed to deliver the project, as our works team possess the necessary skills and specialist knowledge to carry out the restoration in a sympathetic manner.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Carol Heidschuster, Works Manager

    Carol has been Works Manager since 2003 and has overall responsibility for the 30+ personnel.

    Michael Graves, Deputy Team Leader Masonry

    Michael joined the Works Department in 2002 and is currently studying for a Foundation Degree with the Cathedral Workshop Fellowship (CWF).

    Nicola Kerridge, Mason

    Nicola’s introduction to Lincoln was a six-week placement in 2008 through a Prince’s Foundation Bursary. She is now a fully qualified Cathedral mason.

    Neil Bywater, Conservator

    Neil Bywater, our stone and sculpture conservator, holds a Conservation MA from the University of Lincoln.


will pay for a figurative carving.

The Cathedral requires much to be done to maintain it for the future.

The Very Revd Philip Buckler, Dean of Lincoln