Stevenage, Hertfordshire

St. George's Cathedral, Stevenage, Hertfordshire

The origins of the Cathedral here date to a land purchase in 1991 by the Coptic Church to set up a centre here. Initially this was in the house called Shephalbury Manor, but it soon became apparent that something more would be needed.

In 1995 Bishop Angaelos joined as parish priest and the decision was made to construct a proper cathedral here for the Coptic community. It functions as a centre for people from London to Milton Keynes, Cambridge to Oxford – a wide area and, at the current time, is the only Coptic Cathedral in the UK.

St George is revered by Muslims and Christians and so he was chosen to be the dedication of the Cathedral which was inaugurated in September 2006. The building is modernist, but with some nods towards older church architecture and has a very large capacity.

It is hidden amongst some less than salubrious Stevenage housing estates which seems a shame for what must be England’s most obscure Cathedral.

Photos - Andrew J. Müller

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