VICTORIAN pews will be sold off to the public to help Wakefield Cathedral raise £300,000 towards a brighter future.
The pews, which have been in the building in 1874, were designed by architect George Gilbert Scott, who also famously designed the St Pancras hotel, the Foreign Office and the Albert Memorial.
And it is hoped their sale can help to raise money for a £5m refurbishment project which the diocese hopes will breathe new life into the building and make it a 21st-century visitor attraction.
The Dean of Wakefield, the Very Rev Jonathan Greener, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for people to buy a piece of history and help us renew our cathedral.
“While we are on the way with our funding for Project 2013 we would like to raise another £300,000 as soon as possible to ensure the whole project can happen.”
Project 2013 will include essential repairs and conservation work at the Grade-I listed building.
Pew prices start at £150.
To find out more, visit www.wakefieldcathedral.org.uk or call 01924 373923.