Chapter House Appeal
Project: Lincoln Cathedral Chapter House Conservation
Details: Conservation and repair of external stonework
Estimated cost: Circa £1,650,000
Duration: Summer 2021 to Spring 2025
Christmas 2023 – the last day for Christmas sponsorship/sign a stone/carving sponsorships to be sent out in the post is Sunday 17 December. We can provide collection from the Cathedral Shop until Thursday 21 December, please call 01522 561613 to arrange.
About the Chapter House
Begun in the 1220s for meetings of the Cathedral’s Chapter (the Cathedral’s governing body), the Chapter House has played an important role in the life of the Cathedral. Over the years the Chapter House has also three times played host to Parliament.
Today, this glorious, vaulted building is used for the annual gathering of the College of Canons as well as a variety of special events such as concerts and dinners.
Heritage helps us all to understand more about the places and peoples of our city’s past. We need your help to undertake this next significant phase of heritage conservation work to Lincoln Cathedral, which is focused on the stunning Chapter House.
‘We will write out the names of supporters and seal them inside a capsule within the stonework for future generations to discover.’
What work is being undertaken?
Over the next three years, and coming to a total of around £1.6 million, the Cathedral’s team of heritage craftspeople will:
- Work to conserve and replace where necessary through cleaning and repointing
- Carve and replace ashlars (the plain blocks) as well as detailed carving of the Lincoln Cathedral’s Chapter House external walls, flyers and gutter
- Research and replacement of carved embellishment around the parapet and upper orders
- Undertake cleaning and remediation works to the glazing
- Conserve of the woodwork to the doorways
Much of the work that needs to be undertaken on the Chapter House is the result of the natural environment, as well as correcting many of the lasting impacts of work undertaken during the Victorian period. Over time, the natural environment such as wind, rain snow and especially frost, have an impact of the stonework that gradually causes it to fracture and in extreme cases, fall from the building.
Why we need your help?
Lincoln Cathedral is a charitable organisation that is responsible not only for the care of souls, but also for maintaining what is arguably one of the most important pieces of medieval cathedral architecture in the country.
The Cathedral has a small endowment which generates income for the ongoing conservation work to the building, but much of the work is funded by grant making Trusts as well as individuals. Without the support of donors such as you, Lincoln Cathedral would not be able to protect the Cathedral for future generations to enjoy.
There are a number of ways you can support the campaign – from signing a stone, through to sponsoring the reconstruction of a pinnacle. Whichever you decide is right for you, we hope to be able to engage you with this glorious building, and the heritage we share through it.
Ways to Support the Appeal
One-off Appeal Donation
To make a general donation towards the Chapter House Appeal, please click the donate button below. Alternatively, keep scrolling down for our other appeal specific donation options.
Sponsor a Stonemason
Sponsoring a stonemason is a great way to support the project. Starting at just £10 for 20 minutes, you will receive a certificate and information sheet on the work of our stonemasons. If you love heritage and the skill that goes into conserving buildings such as Lincoln Cathedral, we’re sure you’ll love sponsoring a stonemason!
Sign a Stone
From just £25, you can sign your name on an internal face of a stone to be discovered by future generations. When the stone is finally set, we’ll invite you to come and see it go in, and offer you a glass of prosecco to celebrate with the other people who share your stone.
Please note that signatures are not visible on the exterior face of the stone.
Carve Your Name on a Stone
From £150 for up to 10 characters, have your name carved into a newly-crafted Chapter House stone. We’ll give you a commemorative pack that will include a photograph of your stone, and a dedication certificate, When the stone is finally set into the building, we’ll invite you to come and see it go in, and offer you a glass of prosecco to celebrate.
The Dean and Chapter of Lincoln Cathedral kindly acknowledge all the generous supporters of this project, which include:
The Garfield Weston Foundation
The Dean and Chapter are grateful to the Trustees of The Garfield Weston Foundation for their generous grant of £150,000 to the Chapter House repairs.