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Cloister project nearly complete
THE single largest re-plastering works of any cathedral cloisters in the country is currently being carried out at Salisbury Cathedral – and after 17 years, it’s nearly done.
The cathedral’s north cloister is the current primary focus of the Cathedral’s major repair programme, with work start in mid-July and due for completion mid-November.
For mason Gerry Wilson the completion of the works will mean he can finally retire.
He has worked on the project since it started in the mid-1990s and decided to defer his August retirement date to see the job through to the end.
Clerk of works Gary Price said: “I’m so pleased that he agreed to defer his retirement date so we can benefit from his huge experience to complete this, the final part of the cloister project, 17 years after it began.”
“I would also like to take this opportunity to say a special thank you to all the works department team of artisans for their continued effort and support in conserving this great building for future generations to come. They are truly the unsung heroes.”
The major repair programme is currently centred on the north cloister in preparation for the 800th anniversary celebrations of 1215 Magna Carta in 2015.
There is also work on the north east transept area of the Cathedral. With 85 per cent of the programme done, another £5m is still needed to ensure its final completion, for which the cathedral is dependent upon successful fundraising.
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