Isle of Man

Peel Cathedral, Isle of Man

Full dedication: Cathedral Church of St. German or sometimes Kirk German
Became a Cathedral in 1980

The tiny Cathedral in Peel on the Isle of Man has an almost ridiculously large and spread out Diocese - the Diocese of Sodor and Man - which takes in not only the Isle of Man, but also most of the Hebridean Islands off the west coast of Scotland.  If you live on Lewis it's one heck of a long way to get to your local Cathedral!

Until the 16th Century the two Diocese were actually under the control of the Norwegian Church. The original Cathedral was on St. Patrick's Isle, which is now mostly occupied by Peel Castle.

Work on a new Cathedral was started in the 17th Century but only really began in earnest in 1879, the Cathedral being completed in 1884. Up to that point another church, the Church of St. Nicholas at Bishopscourt, was used as a pro-Cathedral.  This continued until 1980 when St. German's finally became the consecrated Cathedral for Sodor and Man.

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