July 25 2014 Latest news:
Monday, April 28, 2014
Painstaking work to restore a Victorian stained glass window is set to begin – at an estimated cost of around £5,000.
The window in St Edmundsbury Cathedral on the south side of the knave was broken when vandals threw a traffic cone at it, leaving a six inch hole.
The cathedral’s PR manger, Sarah Friswell, said a specialist stained glass company had now assessed the damage, which would take between £2,000 and £5,000 to put right.
She said: “There isn’t a huge amount of damage but because it involves glass and leading, the work is painstaking and the repair costs are quite considerable.
“We haven’t got all of the bits from where it was broken so the repair will have to be done with modern glass instead of Victorian.
“The cost will come out of the cathedral’s normal maintenance funds so we will have to find the money ourselves.”
Ms Friswell said she could not remember any of the cathedral’s stained glass being broken in the past.
She added: “The windows are all stories from the New Testament and that one features the wedding at Cana where Jesus turned the water into wine.
“It is my favourite because of the all the lovely detail it contains.”
The cathedral’s stained glass windows were put in between the late 1800s and the early 1920s.
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