Historic Durham Cathedral gateway restored

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A HISTORIC gateway to Durham Cathedral and the World Heritage Site has been restored.

River cobbles and stone flags have been reused and reinstated in Dun Cow Lane, along with high-quality materials such as granite and York stone to maintain the unique historic character of the area.

The £163,000 scheme by Durham County Council took just 14 weeks to complete.

It has been completed in advance of events this year, which includes the Lindesfarne Gospels exhibition in July and Lumiere Durham in November.

Dun Cow Lane connects New Elvet via the Kingsgate Bridge and leads out to Palace Green, Durham Cathedral and the World Heritage Site.

Councillor Neil Foster, cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: “Following on from the successful works to neighbouring Bow Lane this was an opportunity to further refurbish this important route and gateway.

“The workers’ skills and eye for detail really stand out, and we now have an attractive surface which is in keeping with the original character of the lane.”