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.

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Amount raised

£1,154

Time left

247 days

Donations

11

  • 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

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

Until September 2020 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 missing pinnacles - repairing and adjusting the guttering to improve water disposal - creating six new gargoyles to help rainwater exit the gutter in a controlled fashion without damaging the stones