Lack of funding for needed repair work threatens to close Canterbury Cathedral. Allegedly, duct tape has been used on pillars to hold them together.
A repair appeal for UK£10.5m was rejected by the Heritage Lottery Fund which said that the project had "simply been too expensive to rubber-stamp". Cathedral custodians are considering appealing to American philanthropists. "The...Cathedral's Receiver, General John Meardon...said: 'The Luftwaffe could not close the Cathedral, despite the Baedeker bombing raids in 1942, and difficulties with the fabric will not do so now.'"
Canterbury Cathedral is the site of the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket in 1170. Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" revolve around stories told by pilgrims as they journeyed to his shrine.