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This is a list of cathedrals in the United Kingdommarker and the Crown Dependencies of the Isle of Manmarker, Gibraltarmarker and those in the Channel Islands, by country. A list of former and intended cathedrals is listed separately.

A cathedral church is a Christian place of worship that is the chief, or 'mother' church of a diocese and is distinguished as such by being the location for the cathedra or bishop's seat. In the strictest sense, only those Christian denominations with an episcopal hierarchy possess cathedrals. However the label 'cathedral' remains in common parlance for notable churches that were formerly part of an episcopal denomination, such as is the case with many former Scottish cathedrals, which are now within the Presbyterian Church of Scotlandmarker. In addition, former cathedrals now in ruins retain their nominal status.

It is a common misconception that the term 'cathedral' may be applied to any particularly large or grand church. Whilst many cathedrals may be such, this is due to their ecclesiastical status. Such a church is grand because it is a cathedral, rather than it being designated a cathedral because of its grandeur. A cathedral may in fact be a relatively small building, particularly where they exist in sparser or poorer communities. Modern cathedrals frequently lack the grandeur of those of the Medieval and Renaissance times, having more focus on the functional aspect of a place of worship. However, many of the grand and ancient cathedrals that remain today were originally built to much smaller plans, and have been successively extended and rebuilt over the centuries.

Some cathedrals were purpose-built as such, whilst others were formerly parochial, or parish churches, subsequently promoted in status due to ecclesiastical requirements such as periodic diocesan reorganisation.

Contents of this list

The following list comprises, for the United Kingdom and its dependencies, all locations of current cathedral churches, or former cathedral churches, including those locations where no trace remains of the structure, indeed where the precise location is no longer known.

Also included are those structures or sites of intended cathedrals as well as pro-cathedrals, which are churches serving as an interim cathedral, (for instance whilst a permanent cathedral is acquired), or as a co-cathedral where the diocesan demographics/geography require the bishop's seat to be shared with a building in another location.

The inclusion of the UK dependencies is strictly for ecclesiastical reasons—the included dependencies are those that share a province with the mainland of Great Britainmarker. On the other hand, Northern Ireland is shown as a link to the List of cathedrals in Ireland page because, although it politically comprises part of the United Kingdom (hence the section), ecclesiastically the island of Irelandmarker comprises a single geographical unit.

Terms not covered in the above preamble include translated, which is the move of a bishop's seat from one location to another, moving cathedral status from the former church and bestowing it on the destination church, such as may occur in a diocesan or provincial re-organisation.

England and Dependencies

Church of England

Province of Canterbury

Image Name & Dedication Diocese Established/Website/Location
Birmingham Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Philip
Diocese of Birmingham 1905
former parish church [72115]
Bristol Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity
Diocese of Bristolmarker 1542-1836, 1897
Augustinian abbey 1140-1539 [72116]
St Edmundsbury Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St James
Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswichmarker 1914
former parish church [72117]
Canterbury Cathedralmarker

Cathedral and Metropolitcal Church of Christ
Diocese of Canterburymarker c. 600
Mother church of the Province of Canterbury and of the Anglican Communion worldwide [72118]
Chelmsford Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Mary, St Peter and St Cedd
Diocese of Chelmsfordmarker 1914
former parish church [72119]
Chichester Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity
Diocese of Chichestermarker 1080
translated from Selsey [72120]
Coventry Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Michael
Diocese of Coventrymarker 1962
replaced the cathedral (parish church till 1918) lost during World War II [72121]
Derby Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of All Saints
Diocese of Derbymarker 1927
[72122]
Ely Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity
Diocese of Elymarker 1109
convent (with monastery?) 673-800s

secular canons 800s

Benedictine priory 970-1540

formerly dedicated to St Peter and St Etheldreda
[72123]
Exeter Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Peter
Diocese of Exetermarker 1050
translated from Crediton [72124]
Gibraltar Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity
Diocese in Europe 1842
church built between 1825 and 1832
Gloucester Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of the Holy and Indivisible Trinity
Diocese of Gloucestermarker 1541
joint with Bristol Cathedral 1836-1897

monastery and convent 681

secular canons 823

Benedictine priory 1022-1539

formerly dedicated to St Peter
[72125]
Guildford Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of the Holy Spirit
Diocese of Guildfordmarker 1965
[72126]
Hereford Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Mary the Virgin and St Ethelbert
Diocese of Herefordmarker 676
[72127]
Leicester Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Martin
Diocese of Leicestermarker 1927
former parish church [72128]
Lichfield Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Chad
Diocese of Lichfieldmarker 669-803, 1048
archbishopric 785-803

see moved to Chester 1075

joint with Coventry 1048-1826

The three spires known as The Ladies of the Vale
[72129]
Lincoln Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Mary
Diocese of Lincolnmarker 1070
joint with Dorchester c.954-1072

translated from Dorchester 1072
[72130]
London Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Paul
Diocese of Londonmarker 1675
replaced previous cathedral 604-1666 (destroyed in Great Fire of Londonmarker) [72131]
Norwich Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of Holy and Undivided Trinity
Diocese of Norwichmarker 1094
translated from Thetford; Benedictine priory 1096-1539 [72132]
Oxford Cathedralmarker

The Cathedral Church of Christ, Oxford

(Christ Church, University of Oxford)
Diocese of Oxfordmarker 1542
translated from Osney 1546

convent 727

secular canons 1004

Augustinian priory 1122-1524

formerly dedicated to St Frideswide
[72133]
Peterborough Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Peter, St Paul and St Andrew
Diocese of Peterboroughmarker 1541
abbey 655

church 1238-1539
[72134]
Portsmouth Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Thomas
Diocese of Portsmouthmarker 1927
former parish church [72135]
Rochester Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Diocese of Rochestermarker 604
secular canons 604-1080

Benedictine priory 1080-1540

formerly dedicated to St Andrew
[72136]
St Albans Cathedralmarker

Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban
Diocese of St Albansmarker 1877
Benedictine abbey 976-1539 [72137]
Salisbury Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Diocese of Salisburymarker 1227
translated from Old Sarum [72138]
Southwark Cathedralmarker

Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St Saviour and St Mary Overie
Diocese of Southwarkmarker 1905
Augustinian priory 1106-1539 [72139]
Stanley Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of Christ
Parish of the Falkland Islands 1892
described as the most southernly cathedral in the world. An archway of whale bones was erected in 1933 to mark the centenary of British rule
Truro Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Mary
Diocese of Truromarker 1880
former parish church [72140]
Wells Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Andrew
Diocese of Bath and Wellsmarker 1239
[72141]
Winchester Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity, St Peter, St Paul and St Swithun
Diocese of Winchestermarker 650
secular canons to 964

Benedictine priory 964-1539
[72142]
Worcester Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary
Diocese of Worcestermarker 743
Benedictine priory 969-1540 [72143]


Province of York

Image Name & Dedication Diocese Established/Website/Location
Blackburn Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Mary
Diocese of Blackburnmarker 1926
former parish church [72144]
Bradford Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Peter
Diocese of Bradfordmarker 1919
former parish church [72145]
Carlisle Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity
Diocese of Carlislemarker 1113
secular canons to 1092

Augustinian priory 1123-1540
[72146]
Chester Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary
Diocese of Chestermarker 1541
convent? to 875

secular canons from 907

Benedictine abbey 1093-1540

originally dedicated to St Peter and St Paul, then to St Werburgh
[72147]
Durham Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Cuthbert
Diocese of Durhammarker 997
secular canons 997

Benedictine priory 1093-1540

originally dedicated to St Mary and St Cuthbert
[72148]
Liverpool Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of Christ
Diocese of Liverpoolmarker 1904
[72149]
Manchester Cathedralmarker

Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St Mary, St Denys and St George
Diocese of Manchestermarker 1847
former collegiate parish church (1421) [72150]
Newcastle Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Nicholas
Diocese of Newcastlemarker 1882
[72151]
Peel Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St German
Diocese of Sodor and Manmarker 1980
former Parish Church, built between 1879 and 1884, spire removed 1907

became cathedral in 1980 after several attempts to restore the ruined cathedral on St Patrick's Isle came to no avail
[72152]
Ripon Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Peter and St Wilfrid
Diocese of Ripon and Leedsmarker 1876
monastery pre-660

later collegiate with secular canons (10th century?)
[72153]
Sheffield Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Peter and St Paul
Diocese of Sheffieldmarker 1914
former parish church [72154]
Southwell Minstermarker

Cathedral and Parish Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Diocese of Southwell and Nottinghammarker 1884
collegiate with secular canons to 1840 [72155]
Wakefield Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of All Saints
Diocese of Wakefieldmarker 1888
[72156]
York Minstermarker

Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St Peter
Diocese of Yorkmarker 300
Mother church of the Province of York [72157]


Roman Catholic Church

Province of Westminster

Image Name & Dedication Diocese Established/Website/Location
Brentwood Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Mary and St Helen
Diocese of Brentwoodmarker 1917
parish church 1861 [72158]
Norwich Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St John the Baptist
Diocese of East Angliamarker 1976
[72159]
Northampton Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of Our Lady and St Thomas of Canterbury
Diocese of Northamptonmarker 1850
formerly the parish church of St Felix [72160]
Nottingham Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Barnabas
Diocese of Nottinghammarker 1850
[72161]
Westminster Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of the Most Holy Blood, St Mary, St Joseph and St Peter
Diocese of Westminstermarker 1910
Mother church of the Province of Westminster [72162]


Province of Birmingham

Image Name & Dedication Diocese Established/Website/Location
Birmingham Cathedralmarker

Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St Chad
Diocese of Birminghammarker 1839
Mother church of the Province of Birmingham

pro-cathedral 1839-1841
[72163]
Clifton Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Peter and St Paul
Diocese of Cliftonmarker 1973
preceded by The Pro-Cathedral of the Apostles [72164]
Shrewsbury Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of Our Lady Help of Christians and St Peter Alcantara
Diocese of Shrewsburymarker 1850
[72165]


Province of Liverpool

Image Name & Dedication Diocese Established/Website/Location
Lancaster Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Peter
Diocese of Lancastermarker 1924
[72166]
Leeds Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Anne
Diocese of Leedsmarker 1878
rebuilt 1904 after original site used for road-widening [72167]
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedralmarker

Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Christ the King
Diocese of Liverpoolmarker 1967
preceded by two earlier unfinished cathedrals [72168]
Middlesbrough Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Mary
Diocese ofmarker

Middlesbroughmarker
1983
translated to Coulby Newham from Middlesbrough town centre [72169]
Newcastle Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Mary
Diocese of Hexhammarker

and Newcastlemarker
1882
[72170]
Salford Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St John the Evangelist
Diocese of Salfordmarker 1850
[72171]
Sheffield Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Marie
Diocese of Hallammarker 1980
[72172]


Province of Southwark

Image Name & Dedication Diocese Established/Website/Location
Arundel Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of Our Lady and St Philip Howard
Diocese of Arundelmarker

and Brightonmarker
1965
formerly (to 1971) dedicated to Our Lady and St Philip Neri [72173]
Plymouth Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Mary and St Boniface
Diocese of Plymouthmarker 1858
[72174]
Portsmouth Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St John the Evangelist
Diocese of Portsmouthmarker 1882
[72175]
Southwark Cathedralmarker

Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St George
Diocese of Southwarkmarker 1850
Mother church of the Province of Southwark [72176]


Bishopric of the British Armed Forces

Image Name & Dedication Diocese Established/Website/Location
Aldershot Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Michael and St George
Bishopric of the Forces 1972
Cathedral of the Bishopric of the British Armed Forces built by Sir Robert Lorimer 1892/3 initially for the Military Anglican Community


Eastern Orthodox Churches

Antiochian Orthodox Church

Image Name & Dedication Diocese Established/Website/Location
London Cathedral NW1marker

Cathedral Church of St George
Diocese of Western Europe


Belarusian Autocephalous Orthodox Church

Image Name & Dedication Diocese Established/Website/Location
Manchester Cathedral

Cathedral Church of St Nicholas


Coptic Orthodox Church

Image Name & Dedication Diocese Established/Website/Location
St. George's Cathedral, Stevenage

Cathedral Church of St George
2002


Greek Orthodox Church

Image Name & Dedication Diocese Established/Website/Location
Birmingham Orthodox Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of the Dormition of the Mother of God and St Andrew
Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain


former Church of England parish church
Leicester Orthodox Cathedral

Cathedral Church of St Nicholas and St Xenophon
Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain


former Church of England parish church of All Souls
Camden Town Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of All Saints
Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain
London Orthodox Cathedralmarker

Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St Sophia
Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain 1922


consecrated 5 January 1882, mother church of the Greek Orthodox church in Great Britain
London Orthodox Cathedral

Cathedral Church of the Dormition of the Mother of God
Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain
London Orthodox Cathedral

Cathedral Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God
Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain
London Cathedral

Cathedral Church of St Andrew
Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain 1970
London Orthodox Cathedral

Cathedral Church of St Nicholas
Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain
London Orthodox Cathedral

Cathedral Church of the Holy Cross and St Michael
Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain


Russian Orthodox Patriarchal Church

Image Name & Dedication Diocese Established/Website/Location
London Orthodox Cathedral SW7

Cathedral Church of the Dormition and All Saints
Diocese of Sourozh
London Orthodox Cathedral W4

Cathedral of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God and Holy Royal Martyrs
Diocese of Sourozh


Serbian Orthodox Church

Image Name & Dedication Diocese Established/Website/Location
London Cathedral W11

Cathedral Church of St Savas
Diocese of Great Britain and Scandinavia


Ukrainian Orthodox Church

Image Name & Dedication Diocese Established/Website/Location
London Cathedral W3

Cathedral Church


Other Churches

Ancient Catholic Church

Image Name & Dedication Diocese Established/Website/Location
Stamford Hill Cathedral

Cathedral Church of the Good Shepherd


Ancient and Old Catholic Church

Image Name & Dedication Diocese Established/Website/Location
Newcastle-upon-Tyne Cathedral

Cathedral Church of St Willibrord and All Saints


Anglican Catholic Church

Image Name & Dedication Diocese Established/Website/Location
Lydd Cathedral

Cathedral Church of St Nicholas of Myra
[72177]

pro-cathedral


Church of England (Continuing)

Image Name & Dedication Diocese Established/Website/Location
Wolverhampton Cathedral

Cathedral Church of St Silas
[72178]


Free Church of England

Image Name & Dedication Diocese Established/Website/Location
Birmingham Cathedral

Pro-Cathedral Church of Emmanuel
pro-cathedral
Morecambe Cathedral

Pro-Cathedral Church of Emmanuel
pro-cathedral


Holy Catholic Church (Anglican Rite)

Image Name & Dedication Diocese Established/Website/Location
Stoke-on-Trent Cathedral

Cathedral Church of Our Lady of Grace
Newport Lane, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 3NA

former Methodist church, translated from Madeley Heath


Liberal Catholic Church

Image Name & Dedication Diocese Established/Website/Location
Putney Cathedral

Pro-Cathedral Church of All Saints
pro-cathedral


Traditional Church of England

Image Name & Dedication Diocese Established/Website/Location
Windlesham Cathedral

Cathedral Church of St George


Ukrainian Catholic Church: Exarchy of Great Britain

Image Name & Dedication Diocese Established/Website/Location
London Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of the Holy Family in Exile
1968
former United Reformed Church [72179]





Scotland

Church of Scotland

The Church of Scotlandmarker is no longer governed by bishops, and so officially has no cathedrals. However, buildings that were cathedrals prior to the Reformation (or in periods of the church's history when it did have an episcopacy) are still commonly called 'cathedrals'. (These buildings are often denoted by the title "High Kirk".)

Scottish Episcopal Church

Image Name & Dedication Diocese Established/Website/Location
Aberdeen Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Andrew
Diocese of Aberdeen and Orkney 1817
[72180]
Dundee Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Paul
Diocese of Brechinmarker 1855
[72181]
Edinburgh Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Mary
Diocese of Edinburgh 1879
[72182]
Glasgow Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Mary the Virgin
Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway 1871
[72183]
Inverness Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Andrew
Diocese of Moray, Ross and Caithness 1869
[72184]
Millport Cathedralmarker

Cathedral of the Isles and Collegiate Church of the Holy Spirit
Diocese of Argyll and the Isles 1882
Cathedral of the Isles [72185]
Oban Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St John the Divine
Diocese of Argyll and the Isles 1864
co-cathedral with Millport [72186]
Perth Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Ninian
Diocese of Saint Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblanemarker 1850
[72187]


Roman Catholic Church

Province of St Andrew's and Edinburgh

Image Name & Dedication Diocese Established/Website/Location
Aberdeen Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Mary of the Assumption
Diocese of Aberdeenmarker 1880
[72188]
Ayr Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Margaret
Diocese of Galloway 1822
translated from Good Shepherd, St John's Street
Dundee Cathedral

Cathedral Church of St Andrew
Diocese of Dunkeld 1782
Edinburgh Cathedralmarker

Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St Mary
Diocese of St Andrew's and Edinburgh 1814
Mother church of the Province of St Andrew's and Edinburgh [72189]
Oban Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Columba
Diocese of Argyll and the Islesmarker 1932
[72190]


Province of Glasgow

Image Name & Dedication Diocese Established/Website/Location
Glasgow Cathedralmarker

Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St Andrew
Diocese of Glasgow 1797
[72191]
Motherwell Cathedral

Cathedral Church of Our Lady of Good Aid
Diocese of Motherwell 1947
Church consecrated in 1929.
Paisley Cathedral

Cathedral Church of St Mirin
Diocese of Paisley 1948
Church consecrated in 1931.


Greek Orthodox Church

Image Name & Dedication Diocese Established/Website/Location
Glasgow Orthodox Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Luke
1954
1877 Belhaven Presbyterian Church [72192]


Wales

Church in Wales

Image Name & Dedication Diocese Established/Website/Location
Bangor Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Deiniol
Diocese of Bangor 456
secular canons 1092 [72193]
Brecon Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St John the Evangelist
Diocese of Swansea and Brecon 1923
Benedictine priory 1093/1110-1538 [72194]
Llandaff Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Peter and St Paul
Diocese of Llandaff 550
monastery, secular canons 1107

originally dedicated to St Peter and St Teilo
[72195]
Newport Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Woolos
Diocese of Monmouth 1921
former parish church [72196]
St Asaph Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St Asaph
Diocese of St Asaph 553
monastery, secular canons 1143 [72197]
St David's Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of St David
Diocese of St Davids 580
secular canons 1116

originally dedicated to St Andrew and St David
[72198]


Roman Catholic Church

Province of Cardiff

Image Name & Dedication Diocese Established/Website/Location
Cardiff Cathedralmarker

Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St David
Diocese of Cardiff 1916
[72199]
Swansea Cathedral

Cathedral Church of St Joseph
Diocese of Menevia 1987
church opened in 1888, located in Convent Street, Greenhill, SA1 2BX [72200]
Wrexham Cathedralmarker

Cathedral Church of Our Lady of Sorrows
Diocese of Wrexham 1907
parish church 1847

pro-cathedral 1907-1987
[72201]


Northern Ireland

See List of cathedrals in Ireland; the Republic of Irelandmarker and Northern Irelandmarker form a single ecclesiastical unit.

References

  • Edwards, David L. (1989) The Cathedrals of Britain. Norwich: Pitkin Pictorials
  • Fawcett, Richard (1997) Scottish Cathedrals. London: B. T. Batsford / Historic Scotland
  • Galloway, Peter (2000) The Cathedrals of Scotland. Dalkeith: Scottish Cultural Press ISBN 1840170263
  • New, Anthony S. B. (1972) The Observer’s Book of Cathedrals. London: Frederick Warne & Co.
  • Pepin, David (1994) Discovering Cathedrals. Aylesbury: Shire Publications
  • Platten, Stephen (1999) Cathedrals & Abbeys of England. Norwich: Jarrold
  • Thorold, Henry (1986) Collins Guide To Cathedrals, Abbeys and Priories of England and Wales. London: Collins


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