Wakefield Cathedral restoration work begins

Wakefield Cathedral The redevelopment work is expected to last 14 months

Related Stories

Work on the multi-million pound restoration of Wakefield Cathedral is to begin.

The nave will be closed while improved lighting, flooring, heating and new sound systems are installed.

The cathedral has raised £2.5m to pay for the restoration work which is expected to take 14 months to complete.

The Dean of Wakefield, the Very Reverend Jonathan Greener, said the project would deliver a "renewed cathedral fit for the 21st Century".

The money has been raised through donations and fundraising efforts by local people and members of the congregation.

The cathedral also received a £1.58m Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

The nave of the cathedral will be cleared of furniture during the work to create a more flexible open space for worship, public events and celebrations.

Dean Greener said: "This is a marvellous moment. The work is finally begun after several years of preparation and fund raising.

"We know there's a lot of hard work ahead of us but we are really looking forward to delivering a renewed cathedral fit for purpose for the 21st Century."

The nave of the cathedral will close to the public for work to begin on Monday.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Leeds & West Yorkshire



Min. Night 5 °C


Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.