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Southwark Cathedral, London

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Southwark Cathedral or The Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St Saviour and St Mary Overie, Southwark, London, 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.HistoryLegendary originsThe 16th-century London historian John Stow recorded an account of the origins of the Southwark Priory of St Mary that he had heard from Bartholomew Linsted, who had been the last prior when the priory was dissolved. Linsted claimed it had been founded as a nunnery "long before the Conquest" by a maiden named Mary, on the profits of a ferry across the Thames she had inherited from her parents. Later it was converted into a college of priests by "Swithen, a noble lady". Finally in 1106 it was refounded as an Augustinian priory.
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  • Cathedral is within a block of Borough Market. It was worth the hour I spent in the Cathedral given the stain glass work and sculptures. Pics are allowed but require you pay a small fee.  more »
  • The original church (rebuilt and expanded many times) dates from the 13th century, and therefore this is a place where you will find lots of history. The interior is beautiful. It's normally overlooke...  more »
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  • Great talk by Nadia Bolz-Weber. The staff and clergy were really lovely and it was a great evening. I'd recommend going to events there and it's a really interesting building just to walk around. The Cathedral cat also made an appearance centre stage.
  • incredible. must see. wonderful architecture and history. My daughter loved Doorkins the cat. See gift shop! thank you for the invite to view your lovely church.
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