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Join The Very Revd Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark for this unique online spiritual journey around Southwark Cathedral
The Dean will not only explain this holy building’s unique and colourful history and the role it plays in today’s diverse and vibrant community, but also provide emphasis on the religious symbolism, faithful action and devotion to Christ which is highlighted in the stone, glass and fabric of this place of worship.
This illustrated tour via Zoom will be followed by a Q&A session with the Dean.
The Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St Saviour and St Mary Overy, Southwark
In 606 a Convent was established on the south bank of the River Thames at the place from which the ferry used to cross over to the City of London. In 1106 an Augustinian Priory was established. From here they ministered to pilgrims and travellers, and to the sick and the needy of the area.
Following the Reformation, the Priory Church became a Parish Church. In many ways the building was sadly neglected. A parish school – now Cathedral School – was opened in 1704 following in the work already established in schools founded from the parish.
The life, diversity and character of the area are revealed in the tombs and monuments within the church. Among them is that of John Gower, poet. Across the nave is a memorial to William Shakespeare, who spent much of his life in Southwark. Edmund Shakespeare, John Fletcher and Philip Massinger are all buried in the Cathedral. Lancelot Andrewes, who translated the first five books of the Bible into English, is buried by the High Altar. In the grounds is buried Mahomet, Chief of the Mohegan Tribe from New England.
The Cathedral continues to serve the people of its parish and the people of the diocese, to be a centre of teaching, of worship, prayer and pilgrimage. Through regeneration and change Bankside has once again become a residential area, a playground for London and a place where the arts are celebrated, as well as a growing centre for political, financial and legal decision making. Southwark Cathedral is the constant factor in an ever changing and exciting community.
Together, at this holy place which is both ancient and modern, we continue to serve the people of this area - those who are passing through, crossing the river, making a new home, coming to work or simply here to enjoy themselves - and the people who live here, in much the same way as our forebears did and with all those who have gone before us we do it all from a place of praise and worship of Almighty God.