Spire Appeal - help us save one of Wakefield's greatest landmarks
15 December 2021
At 247 feet in height Wakefield Cathedral’s spire is the tallest spire in the whole of Yorkshire.
The spire has stood as a significant part of Wakefield’s landscape since the 15th century, enabling the cathedral to stand out across the region as a place of worship, refuge, and support in the midst of the community and symbolises the continuous presence of the cathedral within Wakefield through changing times and passing generations.
Cracks begin to show…
Unfortunately, a recent report highlighted that there were significant open joints in the upper sections of the spire and the interior was showing some minor water penetration and seepage.
We are now at a stage where repointing and masonry repairs are needed to safeguard the longer-term structural integrity of the spire and ensure this dominant landmark remains in good condition. Some emergency works were undertaken in 2018 and 2019 particularly around the western and southern clockfaces, but the need for further pointing, grouting and selective pinning is imperative if we are to ensure the external masonry to the tower is to remain stable.
The cathedral architect, John Bailey, has prepared a programme of works and quotations have been received. The best of these is £44,900 for erecting scaffolding and carrying out the work.
We have managed to raise considerable funding towards this through a generous grant from Historic England of £35,920 leaving a shortfall of £8,980.
We have now launched our Spire Appeal, aiming to raise the remaining funds needed to carry out the works.
With a deadline of mid-January looming to make up this shortfall or risk losing all funding towards the project support is urgently needed or else the long term future of this historic landmark within the city and region will be at risk.
Sam Heritage, Income & Funding Manager at Wakefield Cathedral said: “We would greatly welcome donations, large or small, to help us find the last few thousand pounds we need to ensure that these repairs can be carried out before another winter causes more deterioration - any gift you can give will make a significant difference.”
The Dean of Wakefield, The Very Revd Simon Cowling added: “The spire of Wakefield can be seen from miles around and is one of the very few remaining structures across the city which still holds its original purpose to this day.
“Not since the mid-nineteenth century has the spire needed such repair work to be carried out in order to secure its future. Whether you attend the cathedral regularly, have visited for concerts and events or simply take pride in the great city in which we live, please consider supporting our Spire Appeal and help us keep Wakefield’s spire standing tall for generations to come.”
People wishing to support the appeal can visit https://wakefieldcathedral.churchsuite.com/donate/fund/vggscfya