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Last Updated: Friday, 22 June 2007, 11:42 GMT 12:42 UK
8m cathedral proposals unveiled
Lichfield Cathedral
Lichfield is a rare three-spired medieval cathedral
Proposals for an 8m development at Lichfield Cathedral have been unveiled.

A new entrance lobby, a new pedestrian entrance to the Cathedral Close and the restoration of painted glass in the east-end windows are among the plans.

Education will be expanded at the Staffordshire cathedral from those aged five to 18 to include postgraduate degree courses.

The cathedral authorities are now seeking the views of local residents and other interested parties.

Accessible displays

The new pedestrian entrance to the Cathedral Close from the city centre in Dam Street will open up the remains of the historic Lichfield City Walls which are at present hidden from view.

Visitors will cross the ancient walls using a new footbridge before continuing along a glass-covered walkway.

The paved area in front of the west doors will be lowered to provide a step-less entry to the cathedral.

The cathedral's collection of historic Bibles will be moved from the private library to new "accessible displays" inside the cathedral.

A new display facility will see the soon-to-be-reunited Lichfield Angel and Lichfield Gospels presented together and re-sited at the site of the current Shrine to St Chad in the Cathedral's Lady Chapel.

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