Duke of Cornwall is Devon champ
The heir to the throne is to be patron of a new development fund for Exeter Cathedral.
Prince Charles has accepted an invitation from the dean and chapter of the city landmark to take up the role for the appeal that will raise money for urgent conservation work at the east end of the cathedral and the adjoining chapter house. Initial funds have come from the National Lottery.
As well as the building work, the project will allow visitors to enjoy some of the Cathedral’s most spectacular hidden gems for the first time. Visitors will also be able to learn more about archaeology and conservation thanks to a new education programme.
The Very Reverend Jonathan Greener, dean, explains: "We are thrilled that His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is lending his support to Exeter Cathedral. This is one of Europe’s great medieval cathedrals and the most significant build-ing in Devon. However, it is also in great need of investment to ensure it remains sustainable, well-cared for, and fit for all our purposes in the 21st century. This is such good news, especially at this challenging time, and we are most grateful to The Prince of Wales for his encouragement."
In addition to repairing and renovating the fabric of the Cathedral and other historic buildings in its precincts, the project will improve accessibility and hospitality for a wider range of visitors, and increase an endowment fund for cathedral music.
Founded in 1050, Exeter Cathedral has long been the focal point of the city and boasts many unique heritage features. Its library and archives contain the Exon Domesday and the Exeter Book – widely considered to be oldest book of English literature in the world. This appeal is designed to ensure that everyone can appreciate the glories of the building and learn a little more about the treasures that have been passed down through the centuries.