Southwark Cathedral

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Address:
Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, SouthwarkSE1 9DA
Tel:
Work 0207 367 6700
Web:
cathedral.southwark.anglican.org

Opening times and price

Opening hours:
9 AM to 5 PM (Mon–Fri), 10 AM to 4 PM (Sat), 10 AM to 6 PM (Sun)
Visiting hours are subject to change
Time required:
A typical visit to Southwark Cathedral lasts 30-60 mins (approx)

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Southwark Cathedral dates back to the 9th-century AD, when the Bishop of Winchester erected a church on the site. That burnt down in a blaze, and was rebuilt by Augustinian monks in 1106. That lasted for another hundred years, before succumbing to more flames.

The building that we see today is late 14th-century. The nave was remodelled in the Victorian age by Arthur Blomfield.

Its relatively small stature (for a cathedral) resides in its original role as a parish church – it only gained cathedral status in 1905.

History of Southwark Cathedral

Southwark Cathedral houses the graves of many famous figures, including Shakespeare’s brother Edmund, who died in 1607. A stained-glass window depicts some characters from the Bard’s own plays.

In a glass case nearby are the stone bones of a medieval man, and there is also a remarkable effigy of a knight – which has been dated back to 1275.

Next door is a visitor’s centre called The Long View of London, with some touch-screen displays and views from the tower.

 
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