State Gate, Bradford Cathedral

Work starts on Conservation Repair Project


The State Gate from the west

Work has started on site to repair the State Gate at Bradford Cathedral. Built in the late 1880s, the State Gate houses an open processional staircase within an imposing and elaborate stone vaulted structure in a gothic revivalist style. The State Gate forms an important gateway into the Cathedral grounds from the city centre but has suffered from a number of issues including water penetration seeping into the structure making it unstable, along with mould and algae growth on the walls and floors. Repair works include the cleaning and repointing of all stonework, the stabilisation of the vaulted structures, the lifting and re-bedding of large stone steps and a new drainage system to re-direct water away from the retaining walls. The project is funded by the World War I Cathedrals Centenary Repair Fund and will be completed in late 2015 in time to coincide with the opening of the new Westfield shopping centre directly opposite.