More Than a Bike Shed

A Community project Lincoln, United Kingdom

A campaign to help towards raising the £1.3 million cost of restoring the North West Turret on the iconic West Front of Lincoln Cathedral.

They did it!


On 12th Nov 2015 we successfully raised

£4,307

with

90 backers

in

42 days


Project owner

About The Project

Nikolaus Pevsner, a German-born British scholar of history of art and, especially, of history of architecture, famously said:

"A bicycle shed is a building; Lincoln Cathedral is a piece of architecture. Nearly everything that encloses space on a scale sufficient for a human being to move in is a building; the term architecture applies only to buildings designed with a view to aesthetic appeal"

Lincoln Cathedral is a magnificent piece of architecture, an iconic landmark of Lincolnshire and an important part of the UK’s history and heritage. It is also in need of constant maintenance.

We are raising funds to contribute to the restoration of the North West Turret of the Cathedral. After a hard frost in 2009 some of the decorative stone broke away from the turrets: several pieces were large enough to pose a hazard to public safety. Cathedral staff quickly roped off the area and hired a team of specialist abseiling stonemasons to survey their condition.  The team discovered a number of structural cracks and crumbling areas of stonework.  It became apparent that a substantial amount of work, costing £2.5m, was required to keep pace with the needs of the building and to protect the future of the West Front.

 The repair of the South West Turret was completed in 2014 and then work began on the North West Turret, which is expected to finish in 2016. The work on the turret is carried out by Lincoln Cathedral’s Works Department, a team of highly skilled crafts men and women.

The contributions we receive here will all go towards the restoration of the North West Turret

With the funding raised from this project we can ensure that the North West Turret is restored to its former glory.   

       

Top: The Swineherd of Stow on top of the North West Turret, a damaged label stop

Bottom: A carving half way up the turret, damaged stonework.

Who We Are?

Lincoln Cathedral is over 900 years old, commissioned by William the Conqueror. It sits at the heart of the city of Lincoln’s historic quarter and annually attracts an estimated 250,000 visitors from all over the world. It acts as a centre for spiritual, cultural and intellectual inspiration.

Lincoln Cathedral is home to one of only four original copies of the 1215 Magna Carta, the great charter of rights and liberties and one of the earliest statements of limited government. In World War Two Lincoln Cathedral provided a welcome and sometimes lifesaving beacon to local aircrews, especially those returning damaged or wounded from bombing missions that were launched from Lincoln and the surrounding area. Lincoln Cathedral is a site of historic importance for its local and global community; we want to keep this landmark standing and in good repair for another 900 years, and you can become a part of its history and its legacy.

Where The Money Goes

The cost of restoring the Cathedral is outlined below*:

Masonry Repair

£653,020

Joinery

£5,000

Glazing

£1,000

Scaffolding

£316,620

Preliminary Work

£49,000

Other Fee’s

£217,800

Contingency

£51,000

VAT

£8,980

Total

£1,302,420

 

*These figures are estimates based on the restoration of the South West Turret and other restoration projects that have been carried out by Lincoln Cathedral’s Works Department in the past.

 

 

Above: The North West Turret behind scaffolding.

Risks

Maintaining the Fabric of Lincoln Cathedral costs roughly £1.5 million every year. It is a common assumption that Lincoln Cathedral receives funding from the Church of England, Lincoln Diocese, Local or National Government. This is not the case, in fact, Lincoln Cathedral is a self-supporting, independent charitable organisation with revenue coming from public contributions and earned sources: entry desk, café, conference facilities, shop and rental income. We are listed on the Heritage at Risk Programme, meaning that Lincoln Cathedral is considered a high risk heritage sight for being lost due to decay. Without funding and support from our donors and supporters, this historic landmark, and monument to the skill and craftsmanship of those who built and who maintain it, would fall into disrepair and decay.

  

Above: Damaged stonework on the turrets. Below: A stonemason working on a carving.

 

Rewards

All of the rewards (excluding memberships and tours) for supporting this campaign are being created especially, which means they are exclusive and cannot be found anywhere else, not even in the Cathedral Shop!

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Thank you letter
Certificate
Poster
Patch
Tee Shirt
Circle Membership
Mug & Stress Ball
Tour
Benefactors book
Print
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