We believe there has been a church on this site since AD 606. There may well have been a church here even earlier. Southwark Cathedral is the oldest cathedral church building in London, and archaeological evidence shows there was Roman pagan worship here well before that.
Significantly, Southwark stands at the oldest crossing point of the tidal Thames at what was the only entrance to the City of London across the river for many centuries. It is not only a place of worship but also of hospitality to every kind of person: princes and paupers, prelates and prostitutes, poets, playwrights, prisoners and patients have all found refuge here.
The Reverend Anna Macham leaves the Cathedral on Sunday 16 June after six years as Succentor. Anna is to be licensed as Priest-in-Charge on Sunday 21 July, 6.00pm at St Philip's, Camberwell. All are welcome.
Benjamin Britten's Church Parables
The Church Parables come to Southwark Cathedral in July as part of the City of London Festival 2013. More details here.
Mission Statement Southwark Cathedral stands to the glory of God
We are committed to:
WORSHIP in this holy place
GOSPEL values in all we do
WELCOME and respect all people, serving them in the name of Jesus Christ.