Competition launched to find Britain’s favourite Cathedral Treasure

11th January 2023

50 Days, 50 Treasures, 50 Cathedrals. Here are the most popular 10.

What’s your favourite? Vote and you could win a brilliant book about them all.

The Lichfield Angel, Gloucester Cathedral’s cloisters, the Prior’s Door at Ely, Wells’ Astronomical Clock, Canterbury’s portable sundial, Peterborough’s nave ceiling, Southwell’s Leaves, the Winchester Bible, Christchurch’s Shrine of St Frideswide, and Derby’s Bakewell screen … what was your favourite?

Take a look at the top 10 and vote for your favourite here.

Today we mark the end of our #CathedralTreasures campaign with the launch of a competition to find your favourite cathedral treasure from the top ten favourites from our winter campaign.

The AEC’s #CathedralTreasures campaign for Advent and Christmas was based on the latest volume by Janet Gough, OBE, author, lecturer and advisor on historic churches and cathedrals, which tells the story of the treasures from 44 Church of England cathedrals and six cathedrals from the Church in Wales. And each one was chosen by the Dean or senior clergy of the cathedral.

We shared one treasure every day for 50 days across our social media platforms, opening with Worcester Cathedral’s 15th century Pilgrim Boots and ending with Winchester Cathedral’s Winchester Bible.

The Dean of St Albans, the Very Revd Jo Kelly-Moore, who chairs the Association of English Cathedrals said:

We are blessed with an abundance of treasures in our cathedrals. These are a vital part of our heritage and an integral part of our culture and our identity. 

“In their diversity ultimately each of them is a symbol of what our Cathedrals stand for, to proclaim the glory of God and God’s love for all creation.

“We have been pleased to showcase a treasure a day, revelling in Janet Gough’s latest publication, and we hope it will inspire more people to visit our cathedrals here in England and our partners in the Church in Wales, to discover these and many other treasures within for themselves.”

We mark the end of the campaign with a competition to find Britain’s favourite cathedral treasure to coincide with Heritage Fund’s #HeritageTreasures Day today.

Ten treasures have made it to the final – determined by the number of likes, shares, and engagements throughout the 50-day campaign.

Participants must choose just one and leave their name and email address to be in with the chance to win one of three copies of Janet’s book chosen in a random draw at the end of the competition next month.

Vote here and be in with a chance of winning a copy of Janet’s brilliant book.