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Winchester Cathedral receives lottery grant

Winchester Cathedral
Image caption Winchester Cathedral was consecrated in 1093

Winchester Cathedral has received £475,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to carry out major repairs.

It is the first stage of a hoped for £10.5m grant from the organisation.

Annabelle Boyes, from the cathedral, said: "We can undertake conservation work on the fabric that will preserve it for future generations."

Essential repairs are needed to the presbytery roof, wooden vault and the surviving medieval stained glass windows.

Plans are also in place to modify the south transept to make the cathedral's treasures, such as the 12th Century Winchester Bible, more accessible.

The Very Reverend James Atwell said: "Winchester is the longest medieval cathedral in England.

"That means there is a lot of historic fabric to maintain.

"It also means that Winchester has a significance beyond the ordinary and needs to tell its story effectively in the 21st Century and offer an exceptional experience to visitors and worshippers alike."

Winchester Cathedral was consecrated in 1093.

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