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Southwark Cathedral to receive 500k funding for roof repairs

Heritage minister Tracey Crouch MP visited Southwark Cathedral on Tuesday to see where the £500,000 grant the cathedral has been awarded from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund will be spent.

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Southwark Cathedral seen from the Shard during an earlier phase of roof repairs in 2012
Southwark Cathedral to receive 500k funding for roof repairs

Accompanied by representatives from a number of cathedrals which have received grants from the fund, the minister was given a guided tour of the Cathedral by the Dean, the Very Revd Andrew Nunn.

During the tour she was shown where the roof over the chancel would be replaced to prevent further leaks and damage to internal stonework.

The Dean said: "The making of such a substantial grant to Southwark Cathedral enables us to reroof the chancel and complete much needed repairs to historic stonework.

"This will basically complete the replacement of all the roofs which we have achieved in the last seven years.

"Even more importantly it enables us to continue our work with City and Guilds ensuring that young people will have the craft skills for the future ensuring that our great churches and buildings can be cared for by successive generations."

Tracey Crouch MP said: "The First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund has done fantastic work to help revive and restore stunning cathedrals across the country.

"Cathedrals are not only beautiful pieces of architecture, they hold centuries of our nation's history and are centrepieces in our communities. This important fund will help maintain and repair these historic buildings so they can be enjoyed for years to come by everyone."

In 2014 the cathedral received 325,000 from an earlier round of the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund for works to the guttering of the nave and north nave aisle.

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