Works finally complete at Salisbury Cathedral
Iconic building Salisbury Cathedral has been undergoing major restoration work for the past 40 years and today (Thursday 7th September) will see the cathedral’s scaffolding coming off.
To mark the end of the restoration project a ‘topping out’ ceremony will take place. Canon Treasurer of the cathedral, Kenneth Padley, will climb to the top of the scaffold to bless the cross that sits at the east end.
After this, the scaffold will be removed over the next six weeks.
A wide range of areas of the cathedral have been touched by the renovation, from stonework to the 150-year-old organ.
Gary Price, the clerk of works said: ‘It has been a great honour and a privilege to have been able to work on this incredible building since the start of our modern repair programme, and by mid-November all traces of the scaffolding that has made its way around the building for the last 37 years will be gone and the Cathedral will stand in glory as it did in the fourteenth century after spire was added.’