Gloucester Cathedral

Living Stones Appeal

This project aims to conserve a millennium of history for the next 1,000 years by restoring the ancient North Ambulatory masonry, helping a key part of Gloucester Cathedral's fabric to be water-tight and weather-proof. For £25 you can sponsor your own stone to be conserved as part of the project.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 1:00 AM, 8 July 2019 to 1:00 AM, 29 September 2019

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Campaign target

£531,228

Amount raised

£2,415

Donations

51

    Category

  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment

    Helping

  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind

Location

United Kingdom

  • The North Ambulatory is the most urgent focus for repair and conservation at Gloucester Cathedral

    — Antony Feltham-King, Gloucester Cathedral Architect

  • Every Gift - just like every stone - will make a crucial contribution

    — The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester

  • Every Gift - just like every stone - will make a crucial contribution

    — The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester

  • The North Ambulatory is the most urgent focus for repair and conservation at Gloucester Cathedral

    — Antony Feltham-King, Gloucester Cathedral Architect

  • Every donation, just like every stone, will make a crucial contribution to the project

    — The Very Reverend Stpehen Lake, Dean of Gloucester

  • The North Ambulatory is the most urgent focus for repair and conservation at Gloucester Cathedral

    — Antony Feltham-King, Gloucester Cathedral Architect

Situation

An architectural masterpiece crafted in the Romanesque style, the North Ambulatory dates back to the origins of the Norman Abbey. After 900 years, the exterior masonry has deteriorated significantly and is at great risk. Sections of stonework are decaying or missing altogether and inadequate guttering is causing water ingress, staining the vaulting below and potentially causing irreparable damage to the historic carpentry inside.

Solution

Over a 12 month period a full programme of repair is planned. Much of this work will be undertaken by the Cathedral's talented stonemasons, including: - conservation work and cleaning to let the historic stone 'breathe' - re-instating Gloucester's iconic skyline by installing 11 missing pinnacles from the parapet - creation of six new gargoyles and repair of the guttering to improve water drainage and protect the stonework