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Southwark Cathedral

 

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  • There has been a church on the site for more than 1,000 years. Originally it was graced by an Anglo Saxon church believed to be a minster that was possibly founded by St Swithin. This was replaced in about 1075 by an early Norman Church of which traces of stonework can still be seen, and was then rebuilt heavily into what we see today.
  • Thanks to being on the south side of the Thames to avoid the Great Fire of 1666, and the sheer luck of surviving the Blitz, it is the oldest surviving example of a Gothic church in London.
  • The church has an oddity in the form of the tomb of John Gower, a 15th century poet. Whereas most tombs simply had the paintwork fade over time, Gower's has been constantly renewed and remains as bright today as when it was originally done.

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Renovation Architect
Charles Marriott Oldrid Scott

Reference Data

Reference No.
744
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
10-08-2014
 

Building Location

Address
London Bridge, London. SE1
Council
Southwark
County
London
Region
London
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Construction start date
1220
Completion date
1420
Renovation Date
1921
Heritage Status
Grade I
Style
Gothic

Roof Height (AGL)
50.00

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Primary Use
Place of Worship


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