Doncaster Minster is set to benefit from a £75,000 grant towards urgent repairs from a £835,000 fund that helps to save important heritage sites.
Now in its fourth year, the grant, awarded by not-for-profit company WREN, is part of a national Heritage Fund that helps to protect Grade one and two star listed buildings and structures of historical importance across the UK.
WREN awards grants to community, conservation and heritage projects within a 10-mile radius of landfill sites, from funds donated by FCC Environment to the Landfill Communities Fund.
Doncaster Minister, described by Sir John Betjeman as `Victorian Gothic at its very best’, is known as one of the town’s most architecturally important buildings and was given minster status by the Bishop of Sheffield in 2004.
WREN’s grant will fund urgent repairs to the north transept of the 155-year-old building, addressing significant deterioration around the stained glass windows, limestone structure, down pipes and the roof.
Peter Cox, managing director of WREN, said: “We’re delighted to support the restoration of Doncaster Minster and look forward to seeing the project progress.
“At WREN we are dedicated to making a real difference to people’s lives by awarding grants to community, environmental and heritage projects across the UK. It is so important to protect significant historical sites such as Doncaster Minster to ensure that they can be appreciated by future generations.”
Revd Canon Dr Paul Shackerley from Doncaster Minster said: “WREN’s funding has been crucial to the significant work that is to start this autumn. The repairs and weatherproofing of the minster are vital in ensuring the visitors; tourists, the congregation or local residents can appreciate the heritage of this building, and generations to come can also.”
Doncaster Minster is one of 19 projects awarded a grant from WREN’s Heritage Fund scheme this year.
Projects which could benefit from the fund must be highlighted to WREN by four of its partner organisations: English Heritage, Historic Scotland, Cadw (Wales) or the National Churches Trust.
Claire Walker, Chief Executive of the National Churches Trust, said: “I am delighted that WREN has approved a grant of £75,000 to Doncaster Minster on the recommendation of the National Churches Trust.
“Doncaster Minster is much loved by local people and by visitors who enjoy the beauty and history of this sacred space. That’s why it is so important that WREN’s dedicated Heritage Fund supports the repair of places of worship to help maintain and preserve the country’s rich history.”
Since the Heritage Fund launched in 2010, WREN has awarded 52 projects over £2.4 million.
For more information about the Heritage Fund, or to find out if your project could be eligible to receive a grant in 2014, please contact Special Projects Manager Peter Moralee on 01379 687 226.