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Letter: Whose heritage?

Sir: Whenever a minority finds itself in possession of some architectural gem, whether it be a house or a cathedral (letter, 16 May), that they no longer wish to bear the cost of maintaining, it suddenly becomes our heritage, although they still wish to remain in full occupancy.

Let the cathedrals become state property, given over to English Heritage to manage. They could be let out for suitable private functions, such as religious services, on a cost basis.