Ysenda Maxtone Graham

The price of a cathedral

Entrance fees? Fashion shows? Corporate dinners? These days, nothing is ruled out

We’ve all done it: been overcome by a sudden sense of hard-upness at the moment when the collection plate comes round at the end of a cathedral service. We fumble in our pockets, feel a £1 coin and a £10 note, and decide that the £1 coin will do. This is a cathedral, for goodness sake, not a parish church: they must be rich, with all those gold-coloured vestments and choristers in ruffs.

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