Some of you will remember the devastating fire which badly damaged York Minster back in the 1980s. However, you may not know that forty of Britain’s great houses and estates, including Muncaster, rallied around then to provide that most precious building material for a medieval cathedral, the English oak. Eighty huge trees were donated by forty estates to enable the Minster’s roof to be replaced.
Thirty-five years on, we’re watching in shock as Notre Dame de Paris goes up in flames. In solidarity with the French, the Historic Houses Association has again coordinated the pledge of English oaks from our estates (one tree each) to help repair the iconic cathedral’s roof and, as in 1984, Muncaster is among them.
We don’t know yet if France will take up the offer but the gesture is made. You can read the Historic Houses Association press release here.