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England's historic cathedrals 'still need 100m work'

Lincoln Cathedral
Lincoln was said to be among the cathedrals still in need of work

England's cathedrals still need £100m of repairs over the next decade despite a spending programme of £250m since 1991, English Heritage says.

Most of the very urgent work identified nearly 20 years ago has been completed.

But it says six of the country's most famous cathedrals - Canterbury, York, Salisbury, Chichester, Winchester and Lincoln - do still require attention.

The organisation was criticised this year for scrapping an annual £3m scheme for repairing historic cathedrals.

At the time it blamed a government squeeze on its funding.

English Heritage's latest survey of 59 Anglican and Roman Catholic cathedrals suggests their condition is not as bad as might have been feared.

It says in most cases the most pressing repair works have now been undertaken.

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