Stonemasonry at the Cathedral
Worcester Cathedral is one of only nine cathedrals in the country to have its own dedicated Stonemasonry Workshop and Stonemasonry team.
Our team is comprised of six full-time stonemasons committed to ensuring that the beautiful architecture is preserved and that the health of the building is secured for worshipers and visitors to enjoy now and in the future.
With over 900 years of historical stonework to look after, the team is kept incredibly busy! Working on a diverse range of projects, the team could be high up on the side of a turret replacing a worn-out merlon or in their workshop carving a new head-stop for a window arch. If you would like to see our team in action, please click here (link to action shots of the team) to view our photo gallery.
Curious to know what a head-stop or merlon is? During normal operating times, you can book a tour to the works yard so you can see the masons in action.
For over twenty years Darren Steele, our Master Mason and Works Manager, has endeavoured to care for the building and has devoted his efforts into the training of Apprentice Stonemasons. This was recognised in 2015 when he was only one of five in the country to be awarded the Master Craftsman's Certificate after being nominated by the Worshipful Company of Masons, one of the ancient Livery Companies of the City of London.
Our traditionally-based Apprenticeships can take 5 years to complete; they include in-house training, working and learning with the team on-site and study time to gain stonemasonry qualifications. We are proud to say that the Worcester Cathedral Workshop has become a sought-after location for bursary placements and apprenticeship training. The Cathedral, in association with the Cathedral’s Workshop Fellowship also puts forward post-apprentice stonemasons for a Foundation degree in Applied Historic Building Conservation and Repair. To find out more click here https://cwfcathedrals.co.uk/
It is our hope that this ancient craft and the skills to conserve and preserve the Cathedral are passed on from one generation to the next.
Support Our Stonemasons
The Cathedral is in need of constant care and attention. Although some stones can and have lasted for 900 years time, weather and pollution continues to take its toll. We have endeavoured to look after our building but we always need support to fund our works phases. If you would like to help, we would be delighted to hear from you.Make a Donation
Worcester Cathedral receives funding to help preserve its heritage crafts
As part of a longer-term investment aimed at keeping alive the specialist skills needed to repair and maintain our cathedrals the Hamish Ogston Foundation (HOF) has joined forces with the Cathedrals’ Workshop Fellowship (CWF) to fund 21 stonemasonry and joinery trainees at English cathedrals in 2021, including two at Worcester Cathedral.Read more