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Southwark Cathedral to receive £325,000 for repairs from WWI Centenary Repairs Fund

Southwark Cathedral is delighted that it has been awarded a grant of £325,000 for badly needed repairs to the guttering of the nave and north nave aisle. The Cathedral is one of 22 successful applicants receiving a share of £4.7 million made available as part of the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund, a partnership fund between the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, ChurchCare and the Catholic Church. The Fund, which was announced in the Chancellor’s March budget, will award a total of £20 million over two years.

Work will begin as soon as possible on these repairs and the Cathedral will report to the Repairs Fund on the use of the money and on the World War One events which will take place in the Cathedral in the coming years.

The Dean of Southwark, the Very Revd Andrew Nunn said “The grant from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Fabric Repair Fund will enable us to do essential work on the roofs which will help make the Cathedral a fitting place for the commemoration of the First World War and all the other events and services that draw people into this historic building.”

The Bishop of Southwark, The Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, said “I am absolutely delighted that the Cathedral has been given this support, which will further enable its mission and ministry.”


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.


Living GodThe 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.

Southwark Cathedral is a member of The Association of English Cathedrals