Saxon cross raised at Wakefield Cathedral

A ten foot tall Saxon cross will be installed in front of Wakefield Cathedral to mark its recommitment to the people of the city and region and the end of its refurbishment project. Pictured stone carver and calligrapher Celia Kilner and The Dean of Wakefield, the Very Revd Jonathan Greener. 
23rd March 2016.
Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe

A ten foot tall Saxon cross will be installed in front of Wakefield Cathedral to mark its recommitment to the people of the city and region and the end of its refurbishment project. Pictured stone carver and calligrapher Celia Kilner and The Dean of Wakefield, the Very Revd Jonathan Greener. 23rd March 2016. Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe

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A ten-feet-tall Saxon cross has been placed in front of Wakefield Cathedral to celebrate the end of its £6.5m refurbishment.

The cross, made of stone hewn from a quarry in Holmfirth, has been hand-carved by local stone carver and calligrapher Celia Kilner.

The Dean of Wakefield, the Very Rev Jonathan Greener, said: “We are delighted to announce the successful outcome to our renewal programme here at the cathedral.

“And in this holiest week of the Christian year, we raised this cross as a sign of our faith, which has been alive in Wakefield for well over a thousand years.”

More than £6.5m has been spent renewing the Cathedral for 21st century use.

York-based specialist contractor William Anelay Limited started work on Project 2013 with the removal of the pews back in October 2012.

Last year work began on Project 2015 to renew the windows, vestry and music room at the East End of the cathedral.

Work is expected to be completed by early May this year.

Contracts manager Mark Wainer said: “The installation of the cross signifies a huge step towards the completion of the current works in time for Easter.”

During extension work to the east and west of the cathedral in 1900, it was discovered to have been built on the site of a Saxon church.Its late medieval appearance is owed to a restoration by Sir George Gilbert Scott and his son John Oldrid Scott between 1858 and 1874. The Diocese of Wakefield was created in 1888 and All Saints Church became the cathedral of the diocese.

In addition to worship times, the cathedral is open on Monday to Friday between 9am-5pm, Saturdays from 9am-4pm and Sundays between 8.30am-4.30pm.