Cathedral Restoration Project: A Letter from Fr Michael


It is with great joy that the Cathedral is now able to announce that Simpsons of York have been awarded the contract to undertake both phase one and phase two of the restoration work on our Cathedral Church. The contractors will move onsite to begin setting up their compound and other related works, on Monday 5th September 2022.

As a reminder, the first phase of the restoration works will focus on the exterior of the Cathedral, which will involve a complete re-roof, the re-pointing of the stonework and other masonry repairs, as well as remedial works to the tower and spire. During the initial part of phase one, the Cathedral will remain open. However, at times, there may be some disruption to the Cathedral’s daily schedule but this will be kept to a minimum when at all possible.

The Cathedral will then close at the end of April 2023, for the start of the phase two works, which will involve the restoration of the Cathedral’s interior.  During this second phase, the sacramental and devotional life of the Cathedral will be accommodated in a temporary church, located in the cathedral gardens. Finally, may I take this opportunity to ask you to please keep the success of this restoration project in your prayers over the coming weeks and months. With my deepest thanks.

Fr Michael