Monday, October 9


Anglican Church held together by Duct Tape (literally)

What has a dark side, a light side, and holdes the universe together?

Or, at least, Canterbury Cathedral, which is being held together by duct tape.

The extent of the building's disrepair was revealed yesterday at the launch of a global campaign to raise £50 million over five years for urgent and long-term renovation and conservation.

The cathedral... was the scene of the murder of Thomas Becket in 1170 and has survived extensive bombing of the city during the Second World War.

John Burton, the surveyor of the fabric, said that the stonework was now deteriorating too fast for the cathedral's regular maintenance and conservation programme, which cost £1 million annually, to keep up.

Heather Newton, the head of stone conservation, said that 20 per cent of the hundreds of 12th century Purbeck marble pillars that line the interior walls of the cathedral were bound with tape to prevent them crumbling.

Update: Working Link to the Original Story

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