Exeter Cathedral stonemason receives Duke of Gloucester Award recognition

Pictured (left to right) are Chris Sampson, Clerk of the Works at Exeter Cathedral, Matt Hoskins, the stonemason at Exeter Cathedral who has received a commendation in the Duke of Gloucester Awards, Peter Clark, Master of the Worshipful Company of Masons, and The Very Revd Jonathan Greener, Dean of Exeter.

Exeter Cathedral stonemason Matt Hoskins has received a commendation in the the biennial Duke of Gloucester Awards, presented by the Worshipful Company of Masons.

Matt Hoskins, one of a team of four masons working full-time on the city’s Cathedral, was given a commendation for his submitted portfolio of work, which has included high-profile projects around the Cathedral’s east gable. The commendation was presented at a Choral Evensong in Exeter Cathedral on Monday 21 May.

Chris Sampson, Clerk of Works and himself a Master Mason, says: “Matt has been with us since November 2013 and was also part of the team that was awarded a special commendation in the same awards programme in 2015. I am delighted that he has once again been recognised by our industry as he continues to develop his craft here at the Cathedral.”

The biennial award is jointly supported by the Worshipful Company of Masons and Stone Federation of Great Britain. It is awarded to qualified masons with the aim of encouraging high standards in all aspects of the craft of stonemasonry.

Exeter Cathedral’s team of masons is currently working through a 10-year programme of major works to continue the conservation and restoration of the building, some of which dates back to the 11th century. 

They are generously supported by the Friends of Exeter Cathedral and the Worshipful Company of Masons.