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Lifeline grant for slice of Gloucester's history

One of Gloucester's historic landmarks has received £25,000 for vital maintenance work.

St Oswald's Priory has been awarded the grant from the Government's Culture Recovery Fund, which is designed to protect jobs and access to culture and heritage in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

It will allow for crucial conservation work at the priory, which was founded around the year 900 by Queen Aethelflaed, who was buried on the site along with her husband, King Aethelred of Mercia.

The remains of St Oswald of Northumbria were interred in a crypt at the priory by Aethelflaed and her brother Edward, King of Wessex.

Work commissioned by Gloucester City Council will involve placing a turf layer on top of the walls to reduce the deterioration of the stone work in wet weather with some stabilisation and mortar repairs also carried out.

Councillor Steve Morgan, cabinet member for culture and leisure, said: "We are delighted to receive this funding from the Culture Recovery Fund.

"It will make an important difference to the work we need to carry out to protect this historic monument for the benefit of future generations."

As well as rescuing precious heritage buildings, the fund allocated through Historic England is designed to protect livelihoods for heritage specialists and contractors.

Historic England chief executive Duncan Wilson said: "This funding is a lifeline which is kick-starting essential repairs and maintenance at many of our most precious historic sites, so they can begin to recover from the damaging effects of Covid-19."

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