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Legacies and Gifts

The Friends of Bath Abbey welcome and receive with gratitude generous legacies from former Friends and donations from existing Friends. The money is used carefully for the lasting benefit of the Abbey.

Our current focus is on supporting the Abbey's Footprint Project (£650,000 from the Friends' Funds). But we are also funding improvements to the tower roof facilities.

Not everything we help to fund is on view, but every donation is essential in ensuring the Abbey continues to be enjoyed by its many thousands of visitors, the local community and its congregation.

During the 21st century so far we have enhanced the Abbey in many ways, ranging from one-off improvements to more extensive projects, all of which add to the Abbey’s glorious atmosphere and architecture, and its practical use:

1999-2000

  • Refurbishment of the Sanctuary & Norman Chapel
  • Sound system 
  • Refurbishment of Rector’s stall
  • An anthem, Bethel, commissioned from Sir John Tavener
  • Tower flagpole
  • Chamber organ presented

2000                    

  • Resurrection Christ statue sculpted by Laurence Tindall

2001-2005          

  • Installation of the Quire Screens

2001

  • Publication of the History of Bath Abbey

2000-2002 

  • Cleaning the East Front

2003

  • Table for the Prior Birde oratory

2005

  • Manufacture of Ciborium

2006-2008

  • Design, carving & installation of the Quire Angels

2006

  • Second pricket stand for candles

2007

  • Raising the Bookshop floor
  • Weather vane

2008

  • Archive storage facility
  • Lighting for the Angels

2008-2009          

  • Electrical rewiring of the Abbey
  • Glockenspiel for the organ
  • New flags
  • Sign boards

2009-2011

  • Archaeological survey of the Abbey floor
  • Installation of stage lighting

2012

  • Reprint of the History of Bath Abbey

2013

  • Creating Voices Oral History Project
  • Improvements to existing chandeliers
  • South-west porch internal doors

2014

  • Pledge to Footprint Project
  • Vestry roof and ceiling repairs
  • Cleaning and repairs to memorial tablets

2015-2016

  • Second pledge to Footprint Project
  • New baptismal register
  • Undertaking to frame new Old Testament Diptychs
  • Support for top of tower facilities

If you would like to help us restore and keep up the fabric of the Abbey in this way we would be very grateful to receive any donation you may wish to make. Joining as a member of the Friends of Bath Abbey is a valuable way to contribute to the enhancement of this beautiful building. Please click here to view how you can do this.

Legacies are also an important source of funds. If you would like to find out more about leaving a legacy please contact the Chairman on the Friends: Professor Jeff Jupp 01225 311390 or jeff.jupp@btinternet.com