Cathedral Treasures Competition – Third Place

08th February 2023

The results of the Cathedral Treasure competition are in. Here is the third place.

Britain’s Got Treasures – say hello to our #CathedralTreasures campaign winners!

The competition to find Britain’s favourite treasure from our winter campaign, #CathedralTreasures has now closed, the votes have been counted, and the winners are in!

Almost 4,500 people voted on their favourite cathedral treasure from the top ten finalists in our campaign that showcased 50 remarkable treasures and glories cared for and preserved by cathedrals in England and the Church in Wales taken from the latest publication Deans’ Choice: Cathedral Treasures of England and Wales by Janet Gough, OBE, author, lecturer and advisor on historic churches and cathedrals.

4,477 voted for their favourite.

And we can now announce that in third place is:

Derby Cathedral’s Bakewell Screen …

Commenting on the announcement, Janet Gough said:

“I am delighted to see the Bakewell Screen from Derby Cathedral, perhaps a less well-known cathedral – although full of treasures – voted one of the top three cathedral treasures in England and Wales.

“The 1720s Bakewell Screen is a masterpiece in painted and gilded wrought iron, traversing the full width of Derby Cathedral and dividing the chancel from the nave like any traditional rood screen.

“The screen’s transparency symbolises the light of reason beloved of the Age of Enlightenment and, made at the same time as Bakewell’s gates to Derby’s adjacent silk mill – today the Museum of Making – ushers in the Industrial Revolution,’ she added.

Read more about Derby Cathedral’s Bakewell screen here.

Tomorrow we announce second place.

Deans’ Choice: Cathedral Treasures of England and Wales tells the story of the treasures from 44 Church of England cathedrals and six cathedrals from the Church in Wales, each one chosen by the Dean or senior clergy of the cathedral featured.

Together the treasures span over 1,000 years of history with the earliest treasure, Ripon Cathedral’s ancient crypt of St Wilfrid established in 672 AD, the oldest building of any English cathedral still is use today, to the newest, the Newport Cathedral Rood, a modern work of art by Singaporean artist Tay Swee Siong that was installed in 2020.

We revealed one treasure every day for 50 days throughout Advent, we whittled them down to just ten based on the likes, shares and engagement throughout this social media campaign and launched a competition to find Britain’s favourite cathedral treasure from those top ten.

All participants in the competition go into a random draw this Friday to be in with the chance to win one of three copies of Deans’ Choice: Cathedral Treasures of England and Wales.