Final Stone Put In Place In York Minster’s £20m Restoration

Library filer dated 20/4/2004 of York Minster, where controversial entry charges have boosted the coffers by almost £400,000 since their introduction last summer.  Staff at the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe said the introduction of the fees helped to reduce last year's deficit of £612,000 to £220,000 in 2003/2004. The figures show 415,000 visitors helped bring in £1.5 million in fees, with the cathedral also benefiting from legacies left by members of the public. See PA story RELIGION Minster.  PA Photo: John Giles.

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THE final stone has been replaced in the East End of York Minster, as the huge 12-year restoration project nears an end.

Around 2,500 stones have been cut and put in place by the Minster’s stoneyard team over the past five years alone, as part of the £20 million York Minster Revealed work, and the final one was fitted on Friday.

The restored glass panels in the world-famous Great East Window are still being installed.

Rebecca Thompson, Chapter Steward at the Minster, said: “This has been one of the largest conservation and restoration projects ever undertaken at the Minster.

“It has provided a unique opportunity to understand 800 years of wear and tear on the building, analyse past repair work and the materials used and to deploy the most up-to-date restoration and conservation technology alongside traditional stone and glass techniques. Every step of the work has been recorded and documented to share with colleagues and interested parties not just in the UK but internationally.

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