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Sheffield Cathedral

History

Sheffield CathedralThe Cathedral is Sheffield’s oldest building, the ancient heart of a great city and flourishing diocese, where God has been worshipped for over a thousand years.

There has been a church on this site since Saxon times. Rebuilt and modified over the centuries, history is written in to its stones. It has always been a parish church, and since 1914 it has been the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of Sheffield.

It stands as a sign of God’s love for us all, whoever we are and whatever our need. Our doors are open every day of the year and there is no admission charge. The life of this Cathedral is rich and varied. It is the seat of the Bishop and a centre of worship for the Diocese of Sheffield, serving the whole of South Yorkshire.

There are services every weekday as well as on Sundays, and there is a rich programme of educational and social events.
The Cathedral is a thriving venue for music-making, much of it by our own choir within the great choral tradition of English cathedrals.

It cares for the homeless and vulnerable of our city by offering food, medical care, training, and support through the award-winning Cathedral Archer Project. This is now located in the Cathedral’s new Community Resources Centre, which also has conference and training facilities.

The Cathedral has changed much over the centuries, but its mission remains the same: to be a place of sanctuary and meeting, of exploration and excellence; a place for all people.

A more detailed history of the Cathedral can be found on the timeline on our website:
http://www.sheffieldcathedral.org/visiting/history-heritage-timeline-cathedral-church-of-st-peter-and-st-paul.php

 

Architecture

Sheffield Cathedral has grown and changed a great deal over the centuries. The Cathedral is cruciform (i.e. shaped like a cross) with the nave and transepts intersecting at the tower whose piers and arches dominate the building.

Much of the east end is medieval – the only medieval building in Sheffield still in use. Stones from a Norman church (11th to 12th century), with their dog tooth pattern, can be seen set into the east wall. Apart from this, the oldest parts of the church date from the 15th century: tower, spire and east end.

The parish church became a Cathedral in 1914. At the end of World War One, plans were begun to enlarge the building. These involved turning the axis of the church round by 90 degrees, constructing a second tower and spire, and building a new chancel and sanctuary on the north side of the old church and a long nave at right angles to the present one stretching out on to Church Street on the south side. All the work on the north side was completed, but after World War Two the rest of the plans were not carried out.
Extensions at the west end with the focal point being the Lantern Tower, were completed in 1966. More recently, in March 2007, HRH the Princess Royal opened the Cathedral Community Resource Centre which offers varied state- of- the- art facilities. The stone archway entrance faces the main entrance to the Cathedral. Above it the large 19th century window, by Dixon of London, depicts St Peter and St Paul preaching and healing.

A more detailed guide to the architecture of Sheffield Cathedral can be found at :
http://www.sheffieldcathedral.org/visiting/architecture-cathedral-chapels.php

Attractions

There is plenty see in and around Sheffield Cathedral and a guided tour will help you get the most from your visit.

You might want to learn more about the history of Sheffield and its Cathedral, or you might be interested in the story of worship here. Or perhaps it is the monuments you are interested in, and the people they commemorate. You may want to explore the story of the York and Lancaster Regiment told in St George’s Chapel with its famous screen of swords, or of HMS Sheffield. Or perhaps you are interested in the colourful windows with their Bible stories. Whatever your interest, one of our trained guides can help you.

Local Interest

For the best of local attractions, please see The Best of Sheffield website: http://www.thebestof.co.uk/sheffield-south