Restoring the Glory

Salford Cathedral’s Restoration Project

We have announced a multi-million-pound restoration project starting in 2022 in our Cathedral that aims to revive the iconic splendour of this church whilst making it the most sustainable cathedral in the country.

The use of innovative technologies will provide new sources of energy to heat and light the Cathedral as well as offer long term drainage and roofing solutions to increasingly unpredictable and extreme patterns of weather associated with climate change.

The restoration programme is a considerable financial undertaking for the diocese. We will seek to utilise all available funding streams and grants but are also asking that anyone wishing to support this exciting project visit our donate page here.

The work coincides with the cathedral’s 175th anniversary in 2023 and will use modern-day techniques to preserve its sacred ambience and accommodate our growing congregation.

During its history some aspects of the original design and character of the Cathedral have been lost. The repair and restoration project will not only restore the Cathedral’s heritage and sense of the sacred but will maximise capacity for the growing parish community.

This work will include the temporary closure of the Cathedral from May 2023. During this time alternative accommodation for the Cathedral Parish will be provided. The Cathedral will reopen in December 2024.

Message from Fr Michael, Cathedral Dean

The extent of the restoration and conservation needed on the Cathedral is a major operation and we have taken the decision to accelerate and condense the programme of work, rather than to do it piecemeal. This was not an easy decision to take, as this option means that the Cathedral will have to close for 18 months, while the interior work is carried out. Closing the Cathedral was not our first preference but it does mean that we will be able to make the repairs, restore and reorder the Cathedral more quickly, safely, and efficiently.

Large parts of the Cathedral are in extremely poor repair, this is the right time to fix these and restore some of the original design features that have been lost over the years and enhance what we are able to offer the local catholic community.

On its restoration journey Salford Cathedral is working with Purcell Architects who are specialists in heritage consultancy, masterplanning and architecture to conserve and reimagine places of worship.

You can read updates on the project’s progress here.

If you would like to donate to the Cathedral Restoration Fund. You can do so online here.

Timeline

1844

The cathedral’s foundation stone is laid by Bishop James Sharples.

1850

The Catholic Hierarchy is restored in England, the Diocese of Salford is created.

1884

The new chapel of the Blessed Sacrament is furnished in the ‘south’ transept.

1890

The cathedral is consecrated.

1923

The WWI Memorial Chapel is opened, commemorating men across the Diocese who lost their lives in the conflict.

1938

Sixty feet of the spire is removed. Despite this the spire remains the tallest in Greater Manchester to this day.

1946

Salford sustains damage in the Blitz. Pictured is the surviving statue of Mary among the rubble of St Joseph's Church.

1971

Restoration and re-ordering, including the erection of a free-standing altar, is carried out following Vatican II.

1994

A new stained-glass west window, When I am lifted up I shall draw all to myself, is installed commemorating the 150th anniversary of the laying of the Cathedral’s foundation stone.

2007

The external stonework on the spire is restored.

2019

Bishop John Arnold unveils the new north entrance and piazza.

2020

The cathedral church and St Joseph’s, Ordsall unite as the new parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St Joseph.

2021

The exterior of the WWI Memorial Chapel is restored.

2021

Salford Cathedral announces its major Restoration Project.