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Three cathedrals get £300k repair grants

Derby, Leicester and Lincoln are three of 28 cathedrals across England to receive a share of £2.1 million repair grants under English Heritage's joint Cathedrals Grants Scheme with the Wolfson Foundation.

Derby Cathedral will receive £32,000 for repairs to six of its south aisle windows, £27,000 has been awarded to Leicester Cathedral for chancel roof repairs, and Lincoln Cathedral will receive the maximum single grant limit available, £250,000, for high-level masonry and conservation repairs.

Grants are tailored to allow for a variety of support, ranging from comparatively small works up to tasks requiring significant sums of money.

Regional director of English Heritage Dr Anthony Streeten said: “This year’s round of grants represent our continued commitment to our country's great cathedrals, which are not only important for spiritual, architectural and historical reasons, but they are also true works of art.

"We are delighted to be able to make offers to ensure that these three East Midlands jewels are maintained and their futures secured.”

The English Heritage Cathedral Grants scheme has been running since 1991 when a survey showed that the country's 61 cathedrals were facing a huge backlog of major repairs that they could not fund alone.

The sums awarded to date add up to nearly £49.5 million.