Extensive coverage in the Catholic Press greets the launch of our appeal to raise £3 million to repair the vaults and electrical services of the Cathedral. In 2007, for the first time since the 1950s, we were able to inspect the interior of the domes, as reported here: what we found alarmed us.
Unless action is taken immediately, within a few years we will find ourselves in a situation where we have may have to close some parts of the Cathedral. The Cardinal has headed up the appeal and today's launch, braving the weather to stand on the roof of the Cathedral.
In addition, one hundred years of London smog, nearby bombs from the Luftwaffe, and constant vibrations from traffic, have taken their toll. The mortar that support the brickwork is seriously eroded and cracked.
These are now ancient, and beyond repair. the sound system frequently breaks down, and is only kept operational by the constant attentions of our electricians.
As well as being unsightly, these are dangerous, and constitute a fire hazard.
You can find out more, and even make a donation, here.