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Lottery backing for Minster restoration

Beverley Minster has been awarded a National Lottery grant of £32,600 as the first step towards possible full funding for what’s called the Place of Sanctuary Project. The project aims to repair and conserve the badly leaking roof of the Minster’s lesser transept under which the famous Saxon Sanctuary chair is situated. It is the oldest object in the Minster (there is only one other example in the country), and is a survivor from the time Bishop John (later Saint John of Beverley) set up a monastery on the site of the present Minster. He retired to the monastery and died in 721.

The initial award allows the Minster to progress its plans and detailed proposals are then considered by the Heritage Lottery Fund for a potential full award of £440,000. As well as funding the important repairs, the project plans include an exhibition to inform visitors of Beverley’s rich heritage and historical importance.

Minster Vicar, the Rev Canon Jonathan Baker told Beverley FM: We are of course delighted to have received funding to begin the project to repair our roof so that the Minster is safe for visitors in the foreseeable future. At the same time we have the opportunity to tell Beverley’s largely untold story as a sanctuary town with rights granted to the Minster as a safe place over a thousand years ago.”