Southwark Cathedral

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Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St. Saviour and St. Mary Overie

This is the mother church of the Anglican Diocese of Southwark. It has been a place of Christian worship for over 1000 years, but only became a cathedral in 1905 when the diocese was created.

The church was begun in 1106 during the reign of Henry I when it became an Augustinian priory. Very little of this building remains. The church in it’s present form today dates from 1220 to 1420, making it the first Gothic church in London. Various restorations were carried out during the 19th century including the rebuilding of the nave between 1890 and 1897, in a manner intended to recreate it’s 13th century predecessor as accurately as possible.

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