Minster repairs need millions

Doncaster Minster  'See Story Martin Slack Picture by Chris Lawton'7 Dec 2011
Doncaster Minster 'See Story Martin Slack Picture by Chris Lawton'7 Dec 2011
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IT is the landmark which dominates Doncaster’s River Don waterfront.

But St George’s Minster needs millions of pounds of repairs over the next few years.

Last year, the condition of the building was brought into focus when a stone feature, known as a finial, crashed around 160ft to the ground, damaging two roof sections and splitting a grave stone as it landed.

The Minster was opened in 1858 and was designed by the famous architect George Gilbert Scott, It replaced an earlier church on the site which was burned down.

In the second of our Save Our Heritage campaign stories, The Doncaster Star can reveal fundraisers at the Minster are currently looking at having to raise around £2 million to repair the tower and around £500,000 for work on the North Transept.

At present, a £55,000 appeal to restore a feature behind the alter has already raised £38,000. And an appeal to fix the organ needs £12,000.

Later this year, a five yearly report will reveal the full extent of work which needs to be planned for on the building.

Fundraiser and development officer Victoria Brocksopp said money for maintenance came from grants, private donations, and fundraising campaigns.

She said: “It is a battle, but we have taken a number of positive steps and we are slowly working round the building.

“It is a church which has been described as cathedral-like in its size. But people are very proud of the Minster and want to keep it in good condition.”

n To help with fundraising for the Minster email vbrocksopp@doncasterminster.org.uk or call 01302 323748.