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The glorious Herkenrode glass at Lichfield Cathedral will be taken away to workshops at the end of this month, masonry included for restoration work. The work will take 5 years and cost around £800,000.
The Cathedral is welcoming visitors to marvel at the glass before it is taken away and is holding tours next week. The tours will take place at 1pm and 7pm each day between Monday 22nd to Friday 26th June. There will be no 7pm tours on Tuesday 23rd or Wednesday 24th, though.
The glass was made between 1532 and 1539 for a Cistercian Nunnery at Herkenrode in Flanders, which is now part of Belgium. The restoration is needed because the medieval pinnacles and buttresses are so weathered that their failure would lead to the collapse of the wall and the shattering of the glass.
The Very Reverend Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield, comments, “The story of the glass, of its ruin and rescue, serves as a powerful metaphor in this Cathedral Church of the death and resurrection of Jesus which stands at the heart of the Christian faith. These windows are breath-taking, and we will miss them. Do come and see them before the restoration work begins!”
In addition to the tours, the Cathedral will be offering study mornings presented by Mr Keith Barley, who is internationally renowned in the field of stained glass restoration, and will be providing an insight into the conservation and restoration process.
The glass tours cost £7.50 and the study mornings are £10. Tickets can be purchased from the Cathedral book shop at 9 The Close.
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