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Project information

Salisbury Cathedral - vital repairs to NE face.

Salisbury Cathedral is an internationally recognised icon. The North and East face of this unique medieval masterpiece has suffered badly due to exposure to the weather over the centuries. Repair and conservation work will secure this piece of our hertiage for future generations.

December 2013 - December 2014

Charity information: Salisbury Cathedral

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  • Need


    Over time the limestone from which the Cathedral is constructed decays and crumbles away. Several delicate finials will need to be replaced; vital works are needed on the flying buttress; even a single damaged stone will have an impact on the integrity of the structure. Thin-walled parapets are particularly vulnerable and stone replacement is vital to keep the building watertight.


    The work is undertaken by our specialist team of glaziers, stonemasons and conservators who preserve the ancient skills through apprenticeship programmes. Salisbury is only 1 out of 8 of English Cathedrals that has its own works department capable of undertaking this work. Every stone is different. Some will need to be replaced, others conserved. The work is time consuming and painstaking - but will safeguard the cathedral for several generations to come.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To preserve the Cathedral so it can continue to inspire future generations.


    » clean, conserve, restore and repair the fabric.

    What success will look like

    The stonework will be completed to a standard of excellence - the Cathedral will be widely available to visitors and worhsippers

  • Impact


    The Major Repair Programme is the most extensive undertaken by any English Cathedral. When completed it will leave the Cathedral in an excellent state of repair. Our specialist works team, who have built up unrivalled expertise over the last 25 years, will continue to maintain the building - and be available to bring their experience and skills to other projects. The beauty of the building will be enhanced and it will be open to worshippers, visitors and pilgrims alike.


    The only risk is a shortfall in funding to complete the programme. We would have to stand down our workforce and the vital skills they possess could be lost to us.


    We will provide regular reports and updates and invite donors to visit the building, the workshops to see for themselves work in progress and its eventual completion.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £54,904

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      Amount Heading Description
      £31,968 Bay 32 A bay with two arched windows surmounted by hood moulds topped with a decorative parapet
      £20,136 Buttress bracing structure stabilising the wall masonry and carrying the roof load
      £2,800 Carved Finial Decorative and material 'anchor point'
  • Background


    Salisbury is located in the South West of England. The City was established around the Cathedral - a medieval 'new town'.


    Worship is offered daily and the Cathedral is visited by over 250,000 people a year. It also hosts concerts, art exhibitions and is an education centre for visiting pupils and students.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Cathedral receives no funding from either state or the Church of England and relies entirely on donations to complete repairs

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Gary Price

    Gary is the Clerk of Works; he joined the department as a young sawyer 25 years ago and has spent his working life caring for medieval buildings