From The Daily Mail-
Almost half of England's Anglican cathedrals are facing financial crisis and could be forced to start charging for entry to avoid closing their doors, it has emerged.
Deans are meeting in London this week for crisis talks amid fears over the spiralling running costs of the ancient buildings at a time when public funding is drying up.
About 11 million people visit a cathedral each year but daily running costs can reach well into the thousands of pounds.
It has forced nine of the historic properties so far - including St Paul's in London and York Minster - to start charging an entry fee with many more set to follow suit if a solution is not found.
The remaining 33 rely on donations and grants as well as income from commercial sources.