What is your favourite Cathedral Treasure? Vote now.

30th January 2023

There are just days left for people to vote to choose their favourite Cathedral Treasure in our #CathedralTreasures winter campaign.

Have you voted for your favourite Cathedral Treasure?

Voting ends next Monday (Feb 6) at midnight and the winner will be announced during the week to follow.

What is your favourite? Vote here and you are in with a chance of winning a copy of the “Deans’ Choice: Cathedral Treasures of England and Wales”

So far over 4,000 people have voted in this campaign that celebrates and showcases some of the treasures and glories visitors can find in our cathedrals based on a new publication by Janet Gough, OBE, author, lecturer and advisor on historic churches and cathedrals.

Called Deans’ Choice: Cathedral Treasures of England and Wales, Janet’s latest volume 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.

Launched just before Advent Sunday the #CathedralTreasures campaign has revealed historic documents like Salisbury’s Magna Carta and Hereford’s Mappa Mundi, works of art dedicated to the glory of God like the Newport Cathedral Rood or Rossetti’s The Seed of David triptych in Llandaff Cathedral, and relics such as York Minster’s the Horn of Ulf or Worcester Cathedral’s 15th century pilgrim boots.

We whittled it down to the top ten treasures based on the number of likes and shares on social media during the 50-day campaign and have been asking people to vote to choose their favourite since the competition was launched on national Heritage Treasures Day on 11 January.

The top ten
Winchester Bible, Lichfield Angel, Southwell’s Leaves, Derby’s Bakewell Screen, Canterbury’s Portable Sundial, Peterborough’s Nave Ceiling, the Prior’s Door at Ely, the Astronomical Clock at Wells, Christ Church Oxford’s Shrine of St Frideswide, and the Cloister with its Fan Vaulting at Gloucester Cathedral.

Read about the finalists here.

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, our social history 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 hope this campaign 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.”

Now have your say and vote for your favourite. Vote here.