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St Oswald’s Priory awarded Government grant

March 13, 2021 9:00 AM

Rebecca TrimnellOne of Gloucester's most important monuments has received a Government grant to help with ongoing maintenance.

St Oswald's Priory has been awarded £25,000 from the Culture Recovery Fund to pay towards the cost of conservation work.

Among the projects is placing a turf layer onto the top of the walls, which helps reduce the deterioration of the stones.

The Priory, which is a nationally important monument, was founded by Queen Aethelflaed in around the year 900.

Liberal Democrat Dr Rebecca Trimnell, who is standing in Hempsted & Westgate, said: "I am absolutely delighted by this news.

"However, this is very much, I will believe it when I see it.

"I have lived literally less than a stone's throw from St. Oswald's Priory for over seven years and it is shameful that the Tory-led council have literally kept the upkeep of this beautiful monument on the back burner.

"It has fallen into a bad state and it goes without saying it is more than about time something was done."

The remains of St Oswald of Northumbria were interred in a crypt there following Aethelflaed and her brother Edward King of Wessex bringing them to Gloucester.

Aethelflaed and her husband, King Aethelred of Mercia were also buried there.