Guildford Cathedral, Surrey

Full dedication: Cathedral Church of the Holy Spirit
Became a Cathedral in 1961

When you approach the outside of the last Anglican Cathedral to be built on a new site in Britain (to date) the immediate impression is of disappointment.  From a distance it dominates Guildford, standing as it does on a hill opposite the Town Centre.  However, once you get closer to it the Cathedral looks like just another 1960s style brick church, albeit a very large one.

Once inside your disappointment vanishes as you are met with a wonderful vista of glowing alabaster and white plaster.  This is one of the most stunning Cathedral interiors in Britain, not because of its size or lavishness, but because of its sheer elegance.

The Cathedral had a very troubled genesis from it's commission in 1927.  The foundation stone was laid in 1936, but then World War II happened and work did not recommence until the 1950s. It was finally completed and consecrated in 1961, a "venture of faith at a time of serious economic difficulty" according to the Bishop at the time.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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