Major Grants Awarded to Southwark Shrines

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has announced that seventeen buildings listed Grade I or II, in the care of the Catholic Church in England, are to receive grants through the government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.

Ceremic Artwork Depicting St Simon Stock And The Blessed Virgin Mary

The CBCEW, through the Catholic Trust for England and Wales, is one of 14 organisations across England to receive funding for church works and repairs thanks to the Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund.  A total award of £2.9m has been offered to support the 17 projects, and within this number, three ecclesiastical sites in Southwark will receive grants amounting to just under £400K, ensuring they are restored and kept good order the future, as well as helping to boost jobs and potentially stimulate the local economy.  


Name of Church



Shrine of St Augustine

North Quadrant Repairs


Aylesford Priory

Shrine Chapel Roof Repairs


St Thomas of Canterbury (Kent)

Roof repair, rainwater goods, redesign and repair



The Heritage Stimulus Fund, Grants for Programmes of Major Works, is administered on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) by Historic England. A full list of the projects can be found here:


Heritage Stimulus Fund – Grants R2 – Catholic Churches


This generous second round of funding from the Cultural Recovery Fund, follows on from the grant of just over £3m, bringing the total funding for Catholic church buildings in England to just over £6m.  Speaking of the funding, Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said: 

“From local churches to ancient buildings and landscapes, the UK’s unique heritage makes our towns, cities and villages stronger, more vibrant and helps bring communities together. 

Fr Simon Heans, Chaplain at the St Augustine Shrine and National Pugin Centre in Ramsgate said:

‘"This funding will complete the repair work embarked upon at the Augustine Shrine so that it can be secured for future generations. The North Cloister of the Shrine houses aJesus Falls unique set of Stations of the Cross, which were at risk of damage due to a significant leak in the roof above.  Under the terms of this grant, it will be possible to repair the leaks and also prevent damage to the Shrine by invading squirrels.  We are most grateful to Historic England for recognising the importance of our unique heritage, and to those administering the Cultural Recovery Fund for this significant grant".

The Archdiocese of Southwark is immensely grateful to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and to Historic England for their generosity in supporting these unique and important Shrines.

Read more about the life, heritage and history of Southwark's Shrines

Photos: with thanks to Marcin Mazur | CBCEW