Stonemasons Gather for Winchester Cathedral’s Second Stone Festival

May 21, 2018

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The Stone Festival returns to Winchester Cathedral’s historic Inner Close this summer (15 – 17 June), with an exciting programme of events and activities celebrating the art of stonemasonry.


Masons from around the country will gather within the Inner Close of the Cathedral and carve sculptures of their own design from a single block of stone, inspired by the theme “Kings and Scribes”.

Prizes for the best carvings will be donated by The Worshipful Company of Masons and all carvings will be auctioned on the Sunday afternoon, with the proceeds supporting the ongoing restoration programme at the Cathedral.

Visitors to this free event will have the opportunity to meet the masons and discuss their current projects, experience carving for themselves, learn more about this ancient art and see what impact this vital work has on the life of the Cathedral today.

Currently, Winchester Cathedral’s stonemasons have completed projects in the South Transept, the Presbytery and window tracery in the North Transept and Presbytery aisle.

Speaking of the event, its originator Annabelle Boyes, Receiver General and Canon Treasurer at Winchester Cathedral, said: “Stonemasonry is an unseen but vital part of conserving and maintaining the building for future generations and it is exciting that we should take the opportunity to celebrate the mason’s skills publically.

“They continue a legacy which is centuries old as will be seen in our HLF-funded exhibition project Kings and Scribes: The Birth of a Nation, part of which will tell the story of how the Cathedral was built centuries ago using many of the skills which our modern masons use today.”

Admission is free and all are welcome to this family-friendly event, which will see masons demonstrating and engaging with visitors.

As it is Father’s Day on Sunday 17 June, why not find something different to do with Dad by visiting the Cathedral Close for the day?

The Cathedral Refectory is the perfect place to sit back, relax and enjoy a delicious snack or lunchtime treat. Refreshments will be available throughout the day.