We’re so glad that you’re choosing to support this appeal which begins a new chapter of work to the fabric (structure) of the Cathedral. The Chapter House project is scheduled to last for just over two years and will cost an estimated £1.3 million pounds to complete.
Every single donation will be important in helping us to achieve the goal of ensuring the history and heritage of the Chapter House are conserved.
What work needs to be done?
Over the next three years, and coming to a total of around £1.3 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.
As a special thank you, we will write out the names of supporters and seal them inside a capsule within the stonework for future generations to discover; your donation will ensure your name is included.
Ways you can donate
- Credit/debit card – please click on the ‘Donate’ buttons below to find out more about each specific donation option.
- Direct Debit – please select one of the Direct Debit options below.
- Cheque – please make cheques payable to ‘Lincoln Cathedral Fabric Fund’ and post to: Lincoln Cathedral Chapter House Appeal, FREEPOST, 28 Eastgate, Lincoln, LN2 1BR.
NB. Your donation will be applied to the project generally, but will be acknowledged as this equivalent donation option. Any donations received over the Chapter House appeal target, will be applied to the Fabric Fund in general.
At the end of the project, all donors will be invited to a celebration evensong giving thanks for a successful completion.
Appeal Donations by Direct Debit
In addition to the specific one off donations listed, you may also wish to support the appeal by setting up a fixed term regular giving in support of the work by Direct Debit. Every donor who commits to regular donation will be offered a complementary membership of the Cathedral for the duration of their giving. This can be made out either in your own or someone else's name if you so wish.
£10/month - sponsor a stonemason for 20 minutes each month*
Choose to sponsor a stonemason for 20 minutes every month. You will be sent a sponsorship pack containing information about the work our stonemasons do to conserve and repair the Cathedral.
£20/month - sponsor a stonemason for 40 minutes each month*
Choose to sponsor a stonemason for 40 minutes every month. You will be sent a sponsorship pack containing information about the work our stonemasons do to conserve and repair the Cathedral.
£50/month - enough to provide lime mortar to fix an ashlar each month*
Choose to donate £50 per month which is roughly the equivalent cost of providing lime mortar to fix an ashlar into place each month.
£100/month - enough to work and fix an ashlar each month*
Choose to donate £100 per month which is roughly the equivalent cost of working and fixing an ashlar into place each month. You will also be invited to come and meet the team and view the work up close on the scaffold.
*For the duration of the project, or until you cancel. Your donation will be applied to the project generally, but will be acknowledged as this equivalent donation option.
Chapter House Appeal Donation
£ Amount of your choice
Sponsor a stonemason for 20 minutes
Cutting of a small ashlar
Sponsor a stonemason for 40 minutes
Sponsor a stonemason for 1 hour
Sign a stone
Work and fix an ashlar
Name carved into a stone (up to 10 characters)
Sponsor the conservation/carving of a figurehead
Name carved into a stone (up to 20 characters)
Sponsor the conservation/carving of a decorative stone