Bradford Cathedral is to receive £190,000 towards vital repair work from the First World War Centenary Cathedral fund, announced by the government today.

An initial £5million of funding will see 22 cathedrals across England benefit in the first round of grants, allowing work such as fixing leaking roofs, repairing stained glass, and replacing stonework to be carried out.

The aim of the programme is to prevent further deterioration to the historic buildings, keeping them safe and accessible to the public.

The grant provided to Bradford Cathedral will allow for urgent repairs to the roofs and timberwork to take place.

The repair fund was set up in recognition of the powerful part cathedrals play in Britain’s history, as well as the significant role they will play when the nation comes together to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

A total of £20 million was set aside by the Chancellor, George Osbourne, in the 2014 Budget, with the next round of funding allocations closing in September, and the final round closing in January 2015.