Heritage Lottery Says YES to £1.8m Cathedral project


The renewed nave at Wakefield Cathedral thanks to its successful HLF Lottery bid for Project 2013.

Wakefield Cathedral’s Chapter and congregation have been awarded the £1.8m HLF grant they wanted to complete the second phase of their restoration project, Project 2015.

In an announcement this morning by the Heritage Lottery Chiefs, Wakefield was one of four Yorkshire towns and cities to share in the £4.4million Lottery cash to better reveal the county’s  hidden treasures.

The Dean of Wakefield, the Very Revd Jonathan Greener said: “We are delighted to receive this further support from HLF.  The previous work in the nave has allowed us to open up the building to the whole community.  This new project will revive and renew the historic heart of the cathedral, and produce a building of which Wakefield and the whole region can be really proud.”

Wakefield Cathedral Labyrinth

The new labyrinth created in Wakefield Cathedral from stone from a Holmfirth quarry as part of the refurb of the nave of the Cathedral and the first phase of its renewal project, Project 2013

The HLF grant of £1,882,100 will see repairs to renew the East End of the Grade 1 listed building and make it shine again, with clean walls, new lighting and electrics, a level floor, underfloor heating, a renewed St Mark’s Chapel and the creation of a dedicated exhibition space with display cases to enable visitors to view treasures from the cathedral and from churches across the diocese. A comprehensive activities programme, including drama and storytelling events, will also encourage more people to visit the cathedral. 

Other winners this morning were Barnsley’s Cooper Gallery,  St Marie’s RC Cathedral, Sheffield and the Brotherton Library, Leeds University.

Fiona Spiers, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund Yorkshire and The Humber, said: “The combined effect of these major projects awarded funding today is to provide local people and visitors alike with the chance to view works of fine art, ceramics, rare sculpture and beautifully restored buildings and to learn much more about their significance to the region.”


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