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 Cathedral community is
embarking on a programme which will bring together our worship, our prayer, our study, our action, indeed every part of our life, in what we are calling, LIVING GOD. In the autumn, spring and summer terms in the year ahead we will be looking at the ways in which our relationship with the Living God affects everything that we do, the decisions we make, the way we live as well as what we do within the Cathedral and beyond it. Click here for more information.
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.