Conservation of historic fabric

This great building shows signs of age. The lead covering of the roof has torn and slipped and is letting in water, damaging the wooden vaulting beneath. Stonework and lead tracing around the windows has deteriorated, threatening the precious medieval glass within. Inadequate facilities for our Choir and ageing sound and lighting systems need urgent improvement, transforming the experience for many.

Conservation Projects
Estimated Cost: £8.9 million

Roof repairs

The state of the lead covering to the Presbytery High Roof has been a cause for concern for years. It hasn’t been re-leaded since the 1890s. Repeated patch-repairs have been done over the decades but now the roof leaks and water can seep through to the early 16th century timber vault beneath, causing obvious damage.

Repair and redecoration of Presbytery High Vault

The 16th century timber High Vault of the Presbytery has an astonishing display of Episcopal and royal heraldry, some of which commemorates the early years of King Henry VIII – yet another expression of the Cathedral’s royal links. Research is currently underway to establish what the vault would have looked like when it was first created so that it can be restored to its former colourful beauty.

Repairs to windows and stonework

Precious medieval glass remains in parts of the north and south clerestory windows. However, the lead frames are brittle in places, the panels are bulging and some of the painted surface of the glass is peeling and in urgent need of conservation. Some of the irreplaceable glass has already fallen out and repairs are urgently needed.

Rewiring including: Sound, Light and Vision

The sound, PA, audiovisual and lighting facilities in the Cathedral are old and inadequate. The electrical wiring is also reaching the end of its life. An up to date sound system will include a loop system for the hard of hearing and will improve the precision and flexibility of sound control. Environmentally friendly lighting will greatly improve the currently dimly lit Cathedral. Together with new audiovisual screens, these improvements will enable the congregation, concert-goers and other audiences to experience more fully the occasion which has brought them to the Cathedral.

Providing new facilities for the Cathedral Choir

At the moment, the girl choristers use part of the Calefactory for preparing for services which is far from ideal. When the Winchester Bible is moved to the ground floor as part of the new exhibition space, this will enable the Williams Room (currently occupied by the Bible) to be divided into dedicated changing rooms and provide a new home for choir library.

We are still developing our plans and projects and so the cost given is indicative. We will keep the website updated as we make progress.


Find out more

Our newsletter, Illumination contains information about the development of our Capital works project.