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Southwark Cathedral, London

Southwark Cathedral, London

Southwark Cathedral lies on the south bank of the River Thames close to London Bridge. It is the mother church of the Anglican Diocese of Southwark. It has been a place of Christian worship for more than 1,000 years, but a cathedral only since the creation of the diocese of Southwark in 1905.

Between 1106 and 1538 it was the church of an Augustinian priory, Southwark Priory, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Following the dissolution of the monasteries, it became a parish church, with the new dedication of St Saviour's. The church was in the diocese of Winchester until 1877, when the parish of St Saviour's, along with other South London parishes, was transferred to the diocese of Rochester. The present building retains the basic form of the Gothic structure built between 1220 and 1420, although the nave is a late 19th-century reconstruction.

Southwark Cathedral is a beautiful cathedral in the middle of the bustle of Borough Market. Friendly and welcoming it is a lovely place to drop by and spend some time there. There also is a nice herb garden to see too and some interesting memorials in the grounds, including for the London Bridge terrorit attack.

***Shakespeare Walk***
Southwark Cathedral made history in the 17th century as the place of worship of two great English playwrights, Williams Shakespeare and Geoffrey Chaucer. It is also believed that Shakespeare was present here during baptism of John Harvard, the future founder of the American university, in 1607. Shakespeare used to live in Southwark, near The Globe Theatre, and visited the cathedral rather often as his parish church. He even had his brother Edmund buried here on the grounds in December 1607, although the actual location of his grave is unknown. Within the cathedral there is a beautiful stained glass window dedicated to Shakespeare, depicting characters from his plays. Beneath the window, there is an alabaster statue of the Bard himself, in repose, set against a relief of 17th-century Southwark showing The Globe Theatre, Winchester Palace and the tower of the would-be cathedral, created by Henry McCarthy in 1912.
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Sight Name: Southwark Cathedral
Sight Location: London, England
Sight Type: Religious
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