Durham Cathedral’s inaugural stone auction took place on Saturday 19 October in the historic Chapter House, raising an amazing £125,782 for the cathedral’s Foundation 2020 endowment fund.
Matthew Kirk, Relationship and Development Manager at Durham Cathedral, said: “With this being the first event of its type at Durham Cathedral, we didn’t know what to expect in terms public interest, but we are so pleased with the final outcome. The driving force behind us putting so much hard work into this event, was knowing that our cultural landmark, the jewel in the crown of Durham City, was ultimately the one that was going to benefit in the long run. It is just brilliant to have raised this staggering amount, which will be invested back into the cathedral to allow for future restorative work.”
The Chapter House was packed on the day, attracting members of the business community, alumni of Durham University, architecture enthusiasts and residents of Durham who were keen to take home a bit of the regions rich heritage for themselves.
With 85 lots of beautiful and characterful Prudham Sandstone on offer, there was plenty of choice on the day.
The stone which went for the highest price was lot number 48. Selling for £4,200, the central open tracery stone sat in the middle of the western window on the southern side of the central tower for over 150 years. It sat between two ornate quatrefoil arches, so called because of their four decorative lobes, which resemble a flower.
The funds raised have gone directly towards the cathedral’s Foundation 2020 campaign, to create a £10 million endowment fund to cover the cost of annual repair work to the nearly 1,000 year old Norman building. The fund received an additional boost, with all donations made on Saturday, being match funded £1 for £1 by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Thanks go to Anderson & Garland, the north east auction house who held the auction; Baldwin’s Accountants, who kindly sponsored the event; and also to the public who by taking part in the auction, have played a huge part in securing the fabric of the cathedral for future generations to enjoy.
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