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Major repairs begin at cathedral

Lincoln cathedral
The repairs are being partly funded by English Heritage

A new phase of major restoration work at Lincoln Cathedral has begun.

The first stage of the two-year project will see eleven clerestory windows featuring scenes in the lives of the apostles restored.

In the second year, the badly damaged roof above the St Hugh's Choir area of the cathedral will be repaired to stop rainwater leaking through.

The work will cost about 780,000, which includes a 250,000 grant from English Heritage.

Fundraising manager Richard Clarke said: "The work will render the section of the building weather-tight and will thus protect the precious interior of St Hugh's Choir.

"This includes 14th Century choir stalls, intricately carved misericords and the world-renowned Father Willis organ.

"This is the section of the building at the very heart of the daily worship and the life of the cathedral."

A new, large carving of a dragon will be installed on top of one of the buttresses in the St Hugh's Choir area, to replace a fractured one.

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