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Guildford Cathedral

 

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  • Construction began with the first foundation stone laid in 1936. Concrete piling continued until 1937.
  • The cathedral is built from clay taken from the hill it stands upon.
  • Construction was interrupted by World War 2 with the chancel roofed, but the crossing and transepts had yet to have one erected on them whilst the nave and tower were unbuilt.
  • Work restarted in 1952 after a 13 year wait but the money put aside for the cathedral, 250,000, had been devalued thanks to rising costs and inflation.
  • Work began on the nave in 1955 and the cathedral was finally declared complete in 1961.
  • Contrary to common belief that the lack of stained glass within the building is a result of the lack of funds when the cathedral was constructed, the architect Sir Edward Maufe actually conceived the cathedral without much stained glass to allow as much light as possible to penetrate the interior.
  • Guildford Cathedral is the location of the climax of the movie, the Omen. The weather vane at the top was added specifically for the film at the cost of the movie producers, and retained as it had become so popular with the congregation.

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Architect
Sir Edward Maufe

Reference Data

Reference No.
4685
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
22-05-2015
 

Building Location

Address
Stag Hill, Guildford. GU21
Council
Guildford Borough Council
County
Surrey
Region
South East
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Proposal date
1932
Construction start date
1936
Completion date
1961
Style
Art Deco

Roof Height (AGL)
47.54

Market Data

Primary Use
Place of Worship


Construction Cost
£900,000.00
Budget Date
1968

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